Injuries in Massachusetts

Find injury hospitalization data in Massachusetts.

About this Dashboard

This dashboard shares selected injury data counts from 2007-2014 in Massachusetts. Data can be viewed by various geographies, demographics, and injury types, and includes hospital admissions/observation stays.  

Data does not include cases where the patient died. Geographic data by city, town, or county are based on patients’ residence and may not reflect the location where the individual was injured.

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Image that shows the various forms of oppression that impact the various types of social determinants of health, that then impact health outcomes.


As you look at data on this webpage, you may see differences among population groups. The differences are especially noticeable between white people and people of color.

These differences exist because of structural racism. These differences are NOT because of an individual’s choices, behaviors, or identity.

Systems of oppression, such as racism, cause harm to everyone. They also influence the social determinants of health (SDoH), which impact health outcomes. See Figure 1.

It is important to keep these notes in mind when looking at the data and using it to inform public health efforts.

If you decide to share these data, remember to use racial equity context and framing. The DPH Racial Equity Data Road Map is one resource that can help.

About Injuries in Massachusetts

Injuries are bodily harm that can be caused by drowning, car crashes, fires, guns, poisonings and drug overdoses, sharp objects, being struck by something, tripping on the sidewalk and more. Injuries may be unintentional (“accidental”), intentional self-harm, or intentional assault.  Injuries are the leading cause of death for people ages one to 44 in Massachusetts and are the third leading cause of death for all ages combined. Injuries are also a leading cause (about 700,000 annually) of hospital stays and emergency department visits.  

Injuries are influenced by demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status, as well as social determinants of health. Injury data can be used to monitor trends over time, identify communities and populations at increased risk for injury, guide injury prevention programs and policies, and evaluate injury prevention strategies.

Additional data on injuries can be found by utilizing the following dataset links:

Traumatic Brain Injury Hospitalization Data

Drug Overdose Hospitalization Data


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