Special Report: More than 60% of Death in Children and Adolescents due to Injury-Related Causes, Published in NEJM by U-M Injury Prevention Center Researchers
Extracted from: Cunningham RM, Walton MA, Carter PM. The major causes of death in children and adolescents in the United States. N Engl J Med 2018;379:2468-2475. Accessed online from NEJM.com, Dec 20, 2018.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently released a special report on the leading causes of death in children and adolescents in the United States. In the report, lead author, and U-M IPC Director, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, MD with co-authors Sr. Associate Director Dr. Maureen Walton, MPH, PhD and Assistant Director Dr. Patrick Carter, MD summarize the leading causes of death in children and adolescents both currently and over time, address the burden of disease, make global comparisons, address health disparities, and discuss reducing deaths in childhood and adolescence. This article highlights the work and funding still needed for injury prevention research and prevention interventions, as 6 of the 10 leading causes of death for children and adolescent are injury-related, with motor-vehicle crashes and firearm-related injuries topping the list.