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Am J Public Health. 1998 Apr;88(4):641-3.

Differences in the risk of homicide and other fatal injuries between postpartum women and other women of childbearing age: implications for prevention.

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Epidemic Intelligence Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. 30341-3714, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study compared injury deaths between postpartum women and other women aged 15 to 44.

METHODS:

Risk ratios and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were computed for injury fatality rates.

RESULTS:

Fifty percent (29/58) of postpartum injury deaths were homicides, compared with 26% (427/1648) of injury deaths among nonpregnant, nonpostpartum women. For females aged 15 to 19, the homicide rate was 2.6 times higher (95% CI = 1.17, 5.95) for postpartum females than for other females. The motor-vehicle fatality rate was lower for postpartum females than for nonpregnant, nonpostpartum females (risk ratio = 0.30, CI = 0.18, 0.48).

CONCLUSIONS:

Postpartum females aged 15 to 19 years were at higher risk of homicide. Postpartum women were at reduced risk of motor-vehicle fatalities.

PMID:
9551008
PMCID:
PMC1508420
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.88.4.641
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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