A Practice Based Study of Trauma in a Rural Community

  • Chrisinger, Eric W.;
  • Gordon, Michael J.;
  • Henze, Walter A.;
  • Perry, Bruce C.


A three-month study of trauma seen by a rural family practice in an isolated community found that 17.3 percent of all visits were for treatment of injuries. Falls caused the most injuries (28.7 percent), but accidents involving motorcycles, horses, and automobiles caused the more severe injuries. Orthopedic problems, lacerations, and eye injuries accounted for 64.0 percent of the injuries. Consultation was obtained in 9.9 percent of the episodes. This paper offers a model of trauma surveillance utilizing practice based studies and presents information that underscores the need for more intensive training in trauma care for family practice residents who plan to enter rural practice.


JOURNAL: J Fam Pract. 1980; 10(6): 1039-1043.

Note: Journal of Family Practice.

NLOM ID#: 80183931 .

Publication #: 80183931

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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