Utility of Brazilian Hospital Information System as a tool for monitoring morbidity by traffic accident in Brazil, 2002-2011

Date published
Camila Alves Bahia


Objectives: A study about the morbidity due to traffic accidents in Brazil is needed:

  • Due the magnitude of the traffic accidents
  • Information about traffic accidents can be found in various sources
  • Other previous studies only evaluate mortality


  • Among the traffic accidents, the road traffic accidents were responsible for the most number of hospitalizations in the period.
  • There was an increase in the number of admissions where the cause of hospitalizations were non-specific traffic accidents.
  • Among the road traffic accidents, those where the victim is a motorcyclist presented higher proportions, with an increase over the years.
  • Most hospitalizations by road traffic accidents occurred among male individuals.
  • Most part of the individuals hospitalized due to road traffic accidents left the hospital after discharge.
  • We don’t know if the number of deaths is under or overestimated because we didn’t link the data to the data of the information system of mortality.
  • Dataset was found to be: simple, flexible, good data quality, good acceptability, and useful.


  • Reinforce the need to fill up the variable race/color and ethnicity.
  • Increase the use of the system for epidemiological studies of road traffic accidents.
  • Disseminate the system among the offices and institutions that work and research road traffic accidents.
  • Encourage the use of the SIH by municipal and state levels in order to recognize the magnitude of the problem and implement prevention.
Author type
FETP affiliate
Resource type
Disease surveillance
Health systems strengthening
Injury prevention
Country or Area