Assessing the economic burden of injuries due to accidents: methodological problems illustrated with some examples from the literature
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This paper provides a survey of methodological problems encountered In an assessment of the economic consequences of accidents In The Netherlands. A sound epidemiological basis for such calculations appears to be lacking due to inadequate data-registration systems. We also discuss some studies of the economic costs of Injuries due to accidents for other countries, which have used either a prevalence or an incidence-based approach. It is highlighted that they may be helpful In Indicating the relative economic burden posed on society but that they cannot guide priority setting in health care resource allocation. Economic evaluation studies using Incidence-based scenario comparisons may be more promising In that respect.
- co 1 studies
- motor vehicle injuries