The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3002.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 10

Abstract #73362

A population-based study of tractor-related injuries: Regional rural injury study - II (RRIS-II)

Kathleen R. Ferguson, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Regional Injury Prevention Research Center, University of Minnesota, Mayo Mail Code 807, 420 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, 612-624-1449,

This study utilized data from the Regional Rural Injury Study II (RRIS-II), a population based study, to determine the occurrence of and potential risk factors for tractor-related injuries among agricultural households with children in a five-state region of the U.S. From a random sample of 16,000 agricultural households, a cohort of 16,538 persons was followed through 1999. Demographic, exposure, and injury data were collected using a computer assisted telephone interview. Personal risk and injury event rates were calculated using generalized linear models, adjusted for within-household correlation, non-response, and unknown eligibility. Odds ratios and confidence intervals were calculated using logistic regression; selection of confounders was based on a directed acyclic graph. The annualized tractor-related injury rate was 9.6 events per 1,000 persons. In addition to agricultural machinery (E919; 35%), associated ICD-9 E-Codes included: overexertion and strenuous movements (E927; 33%), falls (E880-8; 13%), and caught in or between objects (E918; 7%). Although only 22% of injury cases were hospitalized, 26% of injuries resulted in a week or more of restricted activity; 16% resulted in a week or more of lost agricultural work time. In comparison with participants 35-44 years of age, decreased risks (ORs; 95% CIs) were identified for ages 0-4 (0.1; 0.04, 0.5), 5-9 (0.1; 0.02, 0.2), 10-14 (0.1; 0.05, 0.3), 15-19 (0.2; 0.1, 0.3), and 20-24 (0.3; 0.1, 0.9). Increased risks were observed for males compared with females (7.2; 4.3, 12.3) and prior versus no prior agricultural injury (2.0; 1.4, 2.9).

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Keywords: Injury,

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health: Excellence in Student Research

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA