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J Trauma Stress. 2004 Dec;17(6):529-34.

Is it an accident? Recurrent traumatic life events in level I trauma center patients compared to the general population.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington 98104-2499, USA.


The trauma history screen developed for the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) was used to assess prior trauma in a representative sample of injured acute care inpatients (n = 251). Adjusted logistic regressions compared the trauma histories of intentionally (n = 66) and unintentionally (n = 185) injured patients with NCS participants (n = 5873). Whereas only 11% of NCS respondents reported 4 or more lifetime traumas, 61% of intentionally injured patients (Adjusted OR = 7.97, 95% CI = 4.33, 14.68) and 40% of unintentionally injured patients (Adjusted OR = 4.26, 95% CI = 2.94, 6.16) reported 4 or more lifetime traumas. In adjusted analyses, inpatients were at increased risk for reporting all types of trauma except combat. Screening and intervention procedures that address the unique characteristics of this high-risk patient population are needed in the acute care setting.

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