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35 Maximising injury prevention efforts – development of an interactive database of evidence-based tools and programs
  1. Bethany Buschmann1,
  2. Susan Morrel-Samuels2,
  3. Peter Ehrlich3,
  4. Rebecca Cunningham4
  1. 1Injury Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, USA
  2. 2Injury Center, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, School of Public Health; University of Michigan, USA
  3. 3Injury Center, Pediatric Surgery, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital; University of Michigan, USA
  4. 4Injury Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, University of Michigan, USA

Abstract

Statement of purpose Translating injury science into practice is challenging. One barrier to this process is identifying high quality and effective, peer-reviewed, evidence – based prevention programs. To address this barrier, the Michigan Injury Centre developed a database of tools and programs to assist injury professionals with program implementation. The purpose of this report is to describe how the database was developed.

Methods/approach Resources for the Tools and Programs database are chosen using a three-step process: 1) a thorough online search; 2) a preliminary review of published evidence; and 3) a formal rating is assigned to each program based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services’ National Guidelines Clearinghouse. The numerical rating denotes the strength of the research demonstrating its outcomes. Minimum requirements for the inclusion of a program include (1) demonstration of one or more positive outcomes; 2) confirmation of the outcomes by at least one well-designed research study; and 3) documentation of the results in a peer-reviewed journal, publication, or expert report. Educational materials (e.g. fact sheets) must be based on best-practice, expert reports, or clinical research of respected authorities.

Results The Tools and Programs database continues to grow as new resources are identified; it now includes 31 prevention programs, 15 educational materials and 48 clearinghouses. The MI Injury Centre’s website receives about 600 visits per month, and since January 1, 2014, the Tools and Programs database has had a total of 1,500 visitors.

Conclusions This database is the first solely designed for injury professionals. It is a centralised resource for professionals seeking effective injury prevention programs and educational materials across a wide range of injury topics.

Significance and contribution This database has the potential to house an extensive inventory of current scientific advances in the field, a practical tool for injury prevention professionals.

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