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TitleEpidemiology
AuthorsSimpson DA, McLean AJ
Year1995
TypeBook Chapter
AbstractThe craniomaxillofacial (CMF) region is defined for our purposes as the whole face from the chin to the coronal suture, together with the underlying viscera and skeletal structures (Fig. 2.1). The epidemiology of injuries in this anatomical region is of practical importance from several viewpoints, not least in planning trauma services. The injuries are often complex, involving more than one functional system; they are likely to need coordinated management by specialists in two or more disciplines. The number of cases in a region is therefore important in the organization of the regional trauma service, and especially in justifying the formation of a multidisciplinary craniofacial unit, since this relatively complex team needs a substantial workload to function efficiently (p. 678). Aetiological trauma data are also necessary from the viewpoint of preventive public health. Changes in the causes of CMF injuries can reflect societal problems of many kinds, and trauma surgeons who see increases in the incidence or severity of CMF injuries are well placed to give warning of these and to call for preventive measures.
Book DetailsCraniomaxillofacial trauma, David DJ, Simpson DA (Eds)
ISBN0443044147
Page Range85-100
Page Count16
NotesAvailable from CASR library on request

Reference
Simpson DA, McLean AJ (1995) 'Epidemiology', in Craniomaxillofacial trauma, David DJ, Simpson DA (Eds), pp 85-100.