250266 A profile of working age male immigrant deaths caused by unintentional injury in the United Arab Emirates

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Susan M. Smith, EdD MSPH , Department of Applied Health Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Amina Sandal, Phd MPH , Director of Health Education Division, United Arab Emirates Medical District of Sharja, Bloomington, IN
The unintentional injury death rates of workers living in rapidly developing countries are on the rise across the world. Immigrant workers (non-citizens) have been documented in many regions to be at even greater risk of death caused by unintentional injury than workers who are citizens. Investigators found 73.8 % of deaths reported in the six United Arab Emirates (UAE) medical regions under study were males in the years 2006-2008. Of those male deaths, 74.8 % were immigrants (non-citizens). an analysis was conducted by researchers to determine if the rate of unintentional injury death reported for male immigrants of working age differ significantly by cause of unintentional injury from the death rate for male UAE citizens. Non-parametric statistics were used to determine if the death rate of working age immigrant male differed significantly from citizen males for death caused by Accidental Falls, Accidental Poisonings, Motor Vehicles & Traffic Accidents and Accidents & Adverse Effects for the years of 2006-2008, by district and by season of the year. Preliminary analysis found the observed rate of death of UAE male immigrants of working age (non-citizens) from accidental falls to be higher than the expected rate for male citizens in the same group. This presentation outlines findings addressing the rate of unintentional death by cause for male immigrants of working age in the UAE. Presented discussion and recommendations focus on strategies to enhance the information incorporated in UAE regional medical district surveillance reporting systems and the importance of using rates for surveillance reports.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the major causes of unintentional injury deaths of working age males living in six of the nine United Arab Emirates regional medical districts. 2. List and discuss the major causes of unintentional injury deaths of immigrate males of working age living in six of the nine United Arab Emirates regional medical districts. 3. Discuss which unintentional injury fatality rates of working age immigrant males living in the United Arab Emirates differ by season of the year when analyzed by cause. 4. Explain the importance of using injury or death rates when analyzing or comparing specific subgroups for program planning rather than frequency data.

Keywords: Injury Risk, Immigrants

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: serving as an associate professor of safety and health education at major universities in the United States, I have over 15 years of experience conducting research, publishing journal articles, establishing and operating surveillence systems and teaching graduate courses focused on causes of death, unintentional injury and strategies to prevent unintentional injury in high risk populations. I conducted the research incorportated in the abstract in partnership with my former PhD student Dr. Ammina Sandal who is the Director of Health Education for the medical district of Sharja in the United Arab Emirates. Organizing this project included spending time in the United Arab Emirates working directly with the administrators, data analysts and health educators working with in the United Arab Emirates medical district surveillence reporting systems.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.