QuickStats: Percentage* of Persons of All Ages Who Had a Medically Attended Injury During the Past 3 Months, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ 2015–2017

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The figure is a bar chart showing that during 2015–2017, 2.8% of persons of all ages had a medically attended injury in the past 3 months, and this varied by age. The percentage who had a medically attended injury increased from 1.8% among those aged <10 years to 3.2% among those aged 10–19 years, declined to 2.5% among those aged 20–44 years, and then increased to 3.0% among those aged 45–64 years and to 3.7% among those aged ≥65 years.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated by error bars.

Medically attended injury is based on positive response to the survey questions “During the past three months, that is since (91 days before today’s date) did [person] have an injury where any part of the body was hurt, for example with a cut or wound, broken bone, sprain or burn?” and “Did [person] talk to or see a medical professional about this injury?”

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Family component.

During 2015–2017, 2.8% of persons of all ages had a medically attended injury in the past 3 months, and this varied by age. The percentage who had a medically attended injury increased from 1.8% among those aged <10 years to 3.2% among those aged 10–19 years, declined to 2.5% among those aged 20–44 years, and then increased to 3.0% among those aged 45–64 years and to 3.7% among those aged ≥65 years.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Maria A. Villarroel, PhD, MVillarroel@cdc.gov, 301-458-4668; Jeannine S. Schiller, MPH.


Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Persons of All Ages Who Had a Medically Attended Injury During the Past 3 Months, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:121. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6805a7External.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/injury/.

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