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Book and Media Reviews
August 2, 2006


Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(5):589-594. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.591-b

Efficient allocation of limited public health resources to injury control programs requires robust information about the socioeconomic burden of each type of trauma. While existing data registries and injury surveillance systems have facilitated reasonable calculation of the incidence of trauma in the United States, estimating direct and indirect, medical and nonmedical, costs of injuries is burdensome and depends on resources that are not often updated.

In 1989, Rice et al published Cost of Injury in the United States: A Report to Congress, which evaluated the incidence and direct and indirect costs of injuries. During the past two decades, that book and the proposed methodologies have been used frequently in cost-analysis studies. However, with advances in science and technology, resultant changes in treatment modalities, and development of new injury control programs, an updated version of that report clearly was needed.