Burden of injuries in Vietnam: emerging trends from a decade of economic achievement

Published January 8, 2020, in Injury Prevention (opens in a new window)


Vietnam has been one of the fastest-growing world economies in the past decade. The burden of injuries can be affected by economic growth given the increased exposure to causes of injury as well as decreased morbidity and mortality of those that experience injury. It is of interest to evaluate the trends in injury burden that occurred alongside Vietnam’s economic growth in the past decade.


Results from Global Burden of Disease 2017 were obtained and reviewed. Estimates of incidence, cause-specific mortality, years lived with disability, years of life lost, and disability-adjusted life years were analysed and reported for 30 causes of injury in Vietnam from 2007 to 2017.


Between 2007 and 2017, the age-standardised incidence rate of all injuries increased by 14.6% (11.5%–18.2%), while the age-standardised mortality rate decreased by 11.6% (3.0%–20.2%). Interpersonal violence experienced the largest increase in age-standardised incidence (28.3% (17.6%–40.1%)), while exposure to forces of nature had the largest decrease in age-standardised mortality (47.1% (37.9%–54.6%)). The five leading causes of injury in both 2007 and 2017 were road injuries, falls, exposure to mechanical forces, interpersonal violence, and other unintentional injuries, all of which increased in incidence from 2007 to 2017. Injury burden varied markedly by age and sex.


The rapid expansions of economic growth in Vietnam as well as improvements in the Socio-demographic Index have occurred alongside dynamic patterns in injury burden. These results should be used to develop and implement prevention and treatment programs.

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Nguyen QA, Nguyen TH, Beardsley J, Castle CD, Dang AK, Dingels ZV, Fox JT, Hoang CL, Lewycka S, Liu Z, Mokdad AH, Nguyen NTT, Nguyen SH, Pham HQ, Roberts NLS, Sylte DO, Tran BX, Tran KB, Vu GT, James SL, Nguyen TH. Burden of injuries in Vietnam: emerging trends from a decade of economic achievement. Injury Prevention. 8 January 2020; 0:1-8. doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043352.