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Title: The burden of hospitalization of road crash victims in a secondary health care facility in Oyo, Nigeria
Authors: Ipingbemi, O
Dandy, O. A
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan
Abstract: The study examined the hospitalization burden of road crash (injured) victims in Oyo town. Primary data were collected through questionnaire administration and In-Depth interview. One-hundred crash victims were involved in the survey. Secondary data were sourced from the General hospital records. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis. Findings indicated that 65% of road crash victims were males, about 87% of them were less than 50 years old and 85% earned not more than N10,000 per month. The length of stay (LOS) showed that each crash victims spent 39 days on the average in the hospital and incurred a daily expense of N750 throughout the victim stay in the hospital. The consequences included reduced income (18.9%), job loss (8.4%) and abandoned by friends and family members (16.8%) among others. The paper calls for improved pre-hospital trauma care and the establishment of Road Accident Fund in order to ameliorate the burden of road crash victims.
ISSN: 2384-7379
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