SLAN 2007: Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition in Ireland. Injuries in Ireland: findings from national population surveys.

This report presents the main findings on self-reported medically attended injuries in Irish adults from the 2007 Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN 2007) in Ireland, commissioned by the Department of Health and Children. The report is part of a series presenting in-depth findings from the SLÁN 2007 Main Report (Morgan et al, 2008). The SLÁN 2007 survey involved face-to-face interviews in the homes of 10,364 randomly selected adults, aged 18 years and over, with sub-studies on body size and a detailed physical examination. There was a 62% response rate to the survey. The sample is representative of the general population in Ireland when compared with Census 2006 figures and was further weighted, for the purpose of analysis, to match population characteristics. SLÁN 2007 is the largest national health survey among the Irish adult population to date and also the largest to study the extent of injuries among the adult population. As part of the main survey, respondents were asked a series of questions on injuries requiring medical attendance (i.e. injuries resulting in medical treatment), on the circumstances surrounding the occurrence of injury events, the mechanism that caused the injury and the severity of the injury. This report presents the findings from SLÁN 2007 on injuries in Ireland and considers the influence of such key socio-demographic variables as age, gender, social class, education, income, residential location, employment status and marital status.