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International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics: 10 year review
  1. L A Fingerhut
  1. Correspondence to:
 MsLois Fingerhut
 Chair, ICE on Injury Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 6316, Hyattsville, MD 20782, USA;


International comparisons of injury data may be useful for examining differences in risk and for suggesting potential interventions or hypotheses for future studies. However important issues to be considered in conducting comparisons are related to both the underlying quality of the data and how the data are collected. The International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on Injury Statistics grew out of concerns over the comparability of international injury data. This article outlines the history behind the development of the Injury ICE, brief descriptions of current and past projects, collaborations, and reflections on the value of collaboration.

  • CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • ICD, International Classification of Diseases
  • ICE, International Collaborative Effort
  • ICECI, International Classification of External Causes of Injury
  • NCHS, National Center for Health Statistics
  • NIH, National Institutes of Health
  • WHO, World Health Organization
  • International Collaborative Effort
  • injury statistics

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  • * The Committee included Lois A Fingerhut (NCHS); Bob Hartford, Harry Rosenberg, and Sue Meads (all since retired from NCHS); Lee Annest (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control); Mary Overpeck (then with the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Gordon Smith (then with Johns Hopkins University), and Wim Rogmans (representing the WHO’s former Working Group on Injury Surveillance).

  • All project activity can be found at