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Inj Prev. 2014 Feb;20(1):7-10. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040510. Epub 2013 May 25.

Bicyclist mortality between 2006 and 2010 in China: findings from national Disease Surveillance Points (DSP) data.

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Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, , Beijing, China.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

While road traffic mortality has been reported to be seriously undercounted by the police in China, non-police-reported data have not been explored previously to examine vulnerable road user mortality.

OBJECTIVE:

To examine changes in bicyclist mortality between 2006 and 2010 in China, using the Disease Surveillance Points (DSP) data of China.

DESIGN, SETTING AND DATA SOURCE:

Mortality data of 2006-2010 from DSP data, covering 73 million population, was analysed. Poisson regression was used to examine the significance of year after controlling for sex, age and urban/rural location.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):

Mortality rate and mortality rate ratio (MRR).

RESULTS:

Between 2006 and 2010, the mortality rate for bicyclists increased from 1.1 to 1.6 per 100 000 population according to DSP data. Between 2006 and 2010, more than 90% of bicyclist deaths were undercounted by the police compared to the findings from DSP data. Contrary to the 34% increase between 2006 and 2010 reflected by DSP data (adjusted MRR: 1.34, 95% CI 1.23 to 1.46), police data revealed a 64% decrease in bicyclist mortality (unadjusted MRR: 0.36, 95% CI 0.32 to 0.40) in the study time period.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health data should be used to assess the road traffic injuries in China. The recent increase in bicyclist mortality merits attention from policy makers and researchers.

PMID:
23710068
DOI:
10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040510
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