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Inj Prev 8:83-86 doi:10.1136/ip.8.1.83
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Development and use of a population based injury surveillance system: the All Wales Injury Surveillance System (AWISS)

  1. R A Lyons1,
  2. S Jones1,
  3. A Kemp2,
  4. J Sibert2,
  5. J Shepherd3,
  6. P Richmond4,
  7. C Bartlett5,
  8. S R Palmer1
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology, Statistics and Public Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
  2. 2Department of Community Child Health, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
  3. 3Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Violence Research Group, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
  4. 4Emergency Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff
  5. 5Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Ronan A Lyons, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK;
 lyonsra{at}cardiff.ac.uk

    Abstract

    This report details the development and use of a population based emergency room surveillance system in the UK. Despite some difficulties in accessing high quality data the system has stimulated a considerable number of research and intervention projects. While surveillance systems with high quality data collection and coding parameters remain the gold standard, imperfect systems, particularly if population based, can play a substantial part in stimulating injury prevention initiatives.

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