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Number times injured in public building, past 3 months

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For persons who had at least one injury/poisoning episode in the past 3 months, INJPLAPUBLIC reports the number of times a person was injured or poisoned in another public building. This includes public buildings not included by the response categories: inside his or her home, outside his or her home, at a school, at a child care center, in a residential institution, in a healthcare facility, on a street/highway, on a sidewalk (beginning in 2004), in a parking lot, at a sport facility, at a trade/service area, on a farm, at a park/recreation area, at a river/lake/steam/ocean, at a swimming pool (1997-1999), at a construction/industrial area, in a mine/quarry (1997-1999).

INJPLAPUBLIC is a person-level variable and is derived from corresponding injury/poisoning episode-level data. This variable describes the location at the time of injury or poisoning.

INJPLAPUBLIC is part of a series of variables initiated in 1997 that systematically report persons' injuries and poisonings, the cause, what the person was doing while sustaining the injury or poisoning, and where she/he was at the time of the injury or poisoning. For related variables and additional information, please see the User note on Injuries and Poisonings or use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Prior to 2000, persons were asked about injuries and poisonings separately; in 2000, these categories were combined and persons were asked about the causes, activities, and locations related to injury and poisoning episodes at the same time.

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for this variable in particular...fic to the variables before this, but then follow up with a general overviewIn 2000 a screening question regarding the number of injuries or poisonings that were serious enough to seek medical attention was reworded and caused a marked decrease in the number of persons reporting injuries. The question was changed back to the originally intended wording in subsequent years. Despite the significant decline in the overall number of injury and poisoning episodes reported in 2000, the percentage distributions of episodes for the location at the time of injury or poisoning are comparable across time. Response categories change over time as certain locations of injuries become more or less common. For greater detail on these changes, please see the User Note on Injuries and Poisonings .


  • 1997-2017: Persons who had at least 1 injury episode during past 3 months.


  • 1997-2017