Accession Number:

ADA458257

Title:

DoD Military Injury Prevention Priorities Working Group: Leading Injuries, Causes and Mitigation Recommendations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Aug 2005-1 Jan 2006

Corporate Author:

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (HEALTH AFFAIRS) WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2006-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

88.0

Abstract:

The past decade has witnessed growing recognition that injuries are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for the U.S. Military, eroding combat readiness more than any other single disease or health condition in this generally healthy and physically active population, which is relatively free of competing causes of death and severe illness. In the 1990s, medical and safety data revealed that across the Services accidental injuries caused Atlas of Injuries in U.S. Armed Forces, Military Medicine, 1999 47 Air Force to 57 Marine Corps of all deaths 22 Air Force to 63 Navy and Marine Corps of all disabilities and 22 Air Force to 31 Marine Corps of all hospitalizations. Further, Service member injuries cost hundreds of millions of dollars annually, consuming Services resources and challenging operational effectiveness. To address the magnitude of the injury problem of the U.S. Military, in 2003 the Secretary of Defense mandated that rates of accidents and injuries must be significantly reduced and established the Defense Safety Oversight Council DSOC to provide governance on DoD-wide efforts to reduce preventable mishaps. Subsequently, the DSOC requested the establishment of the DoD Military Injury Prevention Priorities Working Group DMIPPWG Appendix A to outline a systematic, coordinated approach to injury prevention similar to the public health approach outlined in the Atlas of Injuries Military Medicine, 1999. This white paper describes the DMIPPWGs process for establishing an evidence-based ranking of DoD prevention priorities, presents a DoD-wide process for analysis, and provides recommendations for intervention initiatives.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE