The social and psychological consequences of trauma to injured persons and their families are immeasurable, but many of the economic and social costs are quite measurable--and immense. The life-long costs of injuries sustained in 1985 alone are estimated at $158 billion. That total includes $45 billion in medical expenditures, $65 billion in lost work because of disability, and nearly $45 billion in lost productivity from premature death. Advanced in emergency services and trauma care have improved the survival prospects of the critically injured, and rehabilitation services can restore some measure of functional independence to those disabled by injury. But the true challenge and promise for policy in this area--saving lives through primary prevention efforts--has failed to attract widespread attention by scientists and policymakers, despite the great magnitude of the problem.

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  • Authors:
    • Lescohier, I
    • Gallagher, S S
    • Guyer, B
  • Publication Date: 1990


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  • Accession Number: 00672406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 9 2002 12:00AM