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The implications of the relative risk for road mortality on road safety programmes in Qatar
  1. Rafael J Consunji1,2,
  2. Ruben R Peralta1,
  3. Hassan Al-Thani1,
  4. Rifat Latifi1,3
  1. 1Trauma Surgery Section, Department of Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2Study Group on Injury Prevention and Control, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila, Manila, Philippines
  3. 3Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rafael J Consunji, Trauma Surgery Section, Department of Surgery, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha 3050, Qatar; RConsunji{at}, uppgh_sicu{at}


The epidemiology of road deaths and in particular the relative risk for road mortality (RRRM) in Qatar has not been fully defined. This study will analyse and compare the proportionate mortality and age-specific death rates from road traffic injuries (RTIs) and make recommendations for targeted injury prevention programmes for road safety in Qatar. Data from the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), for the year 2010, was collected and analysed. All deaths classified as ‘ICD-10 (V89) Motor- or Nonmotor-Vehicle, Accident Type of Vehicle Unspecified’ were included. There were 247 RTI related deaths in Qatar in 2010. An overall death rate was computed at 14.4 deaths per 100 000 population. The RRRM varied over 10 times among different populations with Qatari males (QM) having an increased RRRM from 10 years of age, those aged 20–29 years had the highest RRRM of 10.2. The lowest RRRM was for Qatari females who did not have a single reported road fatality in 2010. Populations with a significantly elevated RRRM (ie, RRRM>1.0) were non-Qatari men older than 50 years and Qatari males from the age of 10 onward. Proven and definite programmes must be implemented to reduce these unnecessary deaths among the populations at the highest risk. Multidisciplinary approaches must be implemented and their efficacy evaluated.

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