Traumatic Brain Injury-related hospitalizations and deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives US 2008-2014
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Annually, TBIs contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths in the United States.
- Results indicated hospitalizations and deaths attributed to TBI among the American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) community are on the rise. Falls, motor-vehicle crashes, and violence-related causes were leading causes of TBI among the AI/AN population.
- Reducing the incidence of TBI-related injuries and deaths can help improve the health and well-being of AI/AN communities. Implementation of evidence-based interventions on motor vehicle and older adult fall safety, as well as attention to the individual needs of tribal communities are vital to protect this at-risk population.