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Prevalence and factors associated with unintentional injuries in Spain

Marta Sastre Paza, Ana Clara Zonib, M.ª Jesús Esparza Olcinac, M.ª Isabel del Cura Gonzálezd

aSubdirección General de Prevención y Promoción de la Salud. Madrid Salud. Ayuntamiento de Madrid. Madrid. España.
bServicio de Informes de Salud y Estudios. Dirección General de Salud Pública. Consejería de Sanidad de la Comunidad de Madrid. Madrid. España.
cPediatra. Madrid. España.
dUnidad de Apoyo a la Investigación. Gerencia Asistencial de Atención Primaria. Servicio Madrileño de Salud. Profesora asociada. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Madrid. España. Red de Investigación en Servicios de Salud en Enfermedades Crónicas (REDISSEC).

Correspondence: M Sastre. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Sastre Paz M, Zoni AC, Esparza Olcina MJ, del Cura González MI. Prevalence and factors associated with unintentional injuries in Spain. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2016;18:253-8.

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Main objective: to describe the prevalence and analyze the sociodemographic factors associated with having suffered unintentional injury in the population under 15 years in Spain in 2011. Secondary ob­jectives: to describe the place where the accident occurs, the assistance and the damage occurred.

Methods: cross-sectional study using individual data from the National Health Survey (2011/2012). A descriptive and multi­variate analysis was carried out, stratified by sex, using logistic regression.

Results: the prevalence of injuries was 7.68% (95% confidence interval: 6.97-8.39); being more common in boys and between 5 and 15 years old. Most of the injuries occurred at home (25.3%). 75.6 % of the injured went to an emergency department. The most common damage was superficial bruises or injuries (63.5%).

Conclusions: the prevalence of unintentional injuries among children resident in Spain in 2011 was 7.68%. The factors associated with being injured in the pediatric population are being a boy and being older than one year.


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