MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Molly Jarman PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at
Brigham and Womens Hospital
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the US, and there are well documented disparities in injury incidence and outcomes. Certain populations (i.e. rural, low income, people of color) experience more injury than others, and are more likely to die following and injury.
Past studies focused on individual health and socioeconomic characteristics as the primary driving force behind these disparities, along with variation in the time required to transport an injured patient to the hospital. We wondered if geographic features of an injury incident location contributed to variation in injury mortality that was not explained by differences in individual patient characteristics.
In other words, we know that who you are contributes to injury mortality, and we wanted to know if it also matters where you are when an injury occurs.