oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Incidence and consequences of injury in a sample of a semi-urban and rural population in the Limpopo province, South Africa

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



This household-based study aimed at exploring factors related to injury, the mechanism of injury, the part of the body that got injured and type of injury, consequences and treatment for injury amongst 470 residents in a semi-urban and rural area in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Results showed that the highest incidence of injury was amongst people in the age range of 20 -29 years, on a Saturday and in December. More than 75percent of injuries happened during daytime. Violence was the leading cause of injury, followed by traffic accidents. The leading mechanisms of injury by age group were bum for children aged 0 to 9 years, violence amongst the age group 10 to 39 years, traffic injury for the age group 30 to 59 years, and fall and laceration for the elderly. The rural injured people had higher costs for treatment and transport, spent more time on transportation and had a longer distance to travel for treatment than the injured from the semi-urban area. It is recommended that particularly amongst children and elderly care givers awareness of injury prevention is promoted. For the young adults injury prevention needs to be geared towards violence and traffic injury.

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