Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
LEVEAU, Carlos M. and UBEDA, Clotilde. Deaths from road injuries in Argentina: a spatial analysis for the 2001-2009 period. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.31, n.5, pp. 439-442. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892012000500013.
Traffic injuries in Argentina are the most frequent cause of death from external injuries and a public health problem of increasing magnitude at the global level. The objectives of this study are to establish the level of spatial autocorrelation at the department level and identify the formation of groupings by calculating local indicators of spatial association at the national level. The results reveal a significantly positive level of autocorrelation in Argentina. A negative level of spatial autocorrelation was recorded when mortality from road injuries was related to population density. It was also noted that mortality from road injuries could pose a more serious problem outside large urban areas.
Keywords : Accidents, traffic; wounds and injuries; external causes; geographic information systems; Argentina.