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Fatal accidents and suicide among reindeer-herding Sami in Sweden
University of Gävle, Belastningsskadecentrum.
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2004 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, Vol. 63 Suppl 2, 384-388 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. Over the last decades, reindeer-herding management has experienced drarnatic changes, e.g. increased motorization and socio-econornic pressure. The airn of the present study was to investigate whether these changes have increased the risk of fatal, work-related accidents and suicide between 1961 and 2000. Study design and methods. A c oh ort containing 7,482 members of reindeer-herding Sami families was extracted from national population registers. Information on fatal accidents and suicide was obtained from the Swedish Causes of Death Register, and compared to the expected number of deaths in a dernographica11y matched control population of non-Sami. Results. The ffiale reindeer her- ding Sami showed a significantly increased risk of dying from accidents such as vehicle accidents and poisoning. No significant increased risk of suicide was observed. A comparison between the periods of 1961-1980 and 1981- 2000 showed non-significant differences in risk, although a trend towards incre- ased risks was observed for most types of external causes of death except suicide. Conclusions. It is suggested that the increased socio-econornic pressure and the extensive use of terrain vehicles have increased the risk for fatal accidents arnong Swedish reindeer herders, and that commercial reindeer ma- nagement is one of the most dangerous occupations in Sweden

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2004. Vol. 63 Suppl 2, 384-388 p.
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Accidents, Occupational mortality statistics & numerical data, Adolescent, Adult, Animals, Child, Child, Preschool, Deer, Ethnic Groups statistics & numerical data, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Middle Aged, Registries, Risk Factors, Suicide statistics & numerical data, Sweden epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2841PubMedID: 15736690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2841DiVA: diva2:119503
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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