Years of potential life lost due to motorcycle accidents

  • Flávia Emília Cavalcante Valença Fernandes Assistant Professor at the University of Pernambuco, Petrolina Campus, Petrolina. Pernambuco. Brazil
  • Rosana Alves de Melo Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Vale do São Francisco – UNIVASF. Petrolina. Pernambuco. Brazil
  • Roseane da Silva Lemos Sanitarian (specialist in public sanitation and health) of the Municipal Secretary of Jaboatão dos Guararapes. Pernambuco. Brazil
  • Saulo Bezerra Xavier Nurse at the University Hospital of the Federal University of Vale do São Francisco – UNIVASF. Petrolina. Pernambuco. Brazil
  • Joebson Maurílio Alves dos Santos Master student of the Postgraduate Program in of Economy at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Recife. Pernambuco. Brazi
  • Rodrigo Gomes de Arruda Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nova Roma. Recife. Pernambuco. Brazil.
  • Arnaldo de França Caldas Júnior Adjunct Professor of the Pernambuco (UPE) and Federal Universities of Pernambuco (UFPE). Recife. Pernambuco. Brazil
  • Tatiane Almeida de Menezes Associate Professor of the Department of Economy at the Federal University of Pernambuco Recife. Pernambuco. Brazil

Abstract

Introduction: Traffic accidents represent a serious public health problem, because they kill approximately 1.24 million persons annually, and leave another 20 to 50 million with non-fatal lesions and traumatisms worldwide. In Brazil, in the year 2011, motorcyclists alone were responsible for one third of these deaths. Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate the years of potential life lost due to motorcycle accidents, according to sex and age group, and analyze the trend of the indicator for the state of Pernambuco in the period from 2005 to 2014.


Methods and Results an ecological study based on data from the System of Information about Mortality was used. The indicator and rate were calculated by using the age limit of 70 years. The linear regression model and Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney tests were used, at the level of significance of 5% and confidence of 95%. The most affected sex and age-range were men between 20-29 years of age. The rates followed a trend of growth in both sexes, in the young population with the exception of those from 10 to 19 years of age.


Conclusions: This context points out the magnitude and precociousness of motorcycle accidents in both sexes and the young population.

Published
May 14, 2017
How to Cite
FERNANDES, Flávia Emília Cavalcante Valença et al. Years of potential life lost due to motorcycle accidents. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, may 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2430>. Date accessed: 24 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2423.
Section
Public Health and Health Management