Disability related to road traffic crashes among adults in Spain

Rocío Palmera-Suárez, Teresa López-Cuadrado, Javier Almazán-Isla, Rafael Fernández-Cuenca, Enrique Alcalde-Cabero, Iñaki Galán
2015 Gaceta Sanitaria  
Background: Road traffic accidents cause substantial morbidity and disease burden; few studies have examined their impact on disability. Objective: To estimate the magnitude and distribution of disability due to road traffic accidents according to socio-demographic variables, and its main socioeconomic and health determinants. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in community-dwelling participants in the "2008 Spanish National Disability Survey", a representative sample of 91,846
more » ... mple of 91,846 households with 20,425 disabled persons older than 15 years; 443 had disability due to road traffic accidents. Results: The prevalence was 2.1 per 1000 inhabitants (95% CI:1.8-2.3), with no differences by sex. Risk was highest among persons aged 31 to 64 years, and onset of disability showed a sharp inflection point at age 16 years in both sexes. Odds ratios (ORs) were higher (OR = 1.3; 95% CI:1.1-1.7) for participants with secondary education than for those with the lowest educational levels and were lower (OR: 0.5; 95% CI:0.3-0.8) for participants with the highest household income levels than for those with lowest. Only 24% of disabled participants were gainfully employed. As compared to other sources of disability, traffic crashes caused greater disability in terms of mobility (OR = 3.1;p < 0.001), a greater need for health/social services (OR = 1.5;p = 0.003), and more problems with private transportation (OR = 1.6;p < 0.001), moving around outside the home (OR = 1.6;p < 0.001) and changes in economic activity (OR = 2.4;p < 0.001). Conclusions: The prevalence of disability due to road traffic accidents in Spain is lower than in other developed countries, with middle-aged and socio-economically underprivileged persons being the most affected. Disability due to road traffic accidents is related to a greater demand for social/health care support, problems of accessibility/commuting, and major changes in economic activity.
doi:10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.01.009 pmid:26342420 fatcat:gzrv553dijhwjbveowr47grdna