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The US National Child Death Review Case Reporting System
  1. Theresa M Covington1,2
  1. 1National Center for Child Death Review, Washington, DC, USA
  2. 2Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Theresa M Covington, National Center for Child Death Review, 1115 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA; tcovingt{at}


The National Child Death Review Case Reporting System (NCDR-CRS) was developed in the USA to provide child death review teams with a simple method for capturing, analysing, and reporting on the full set of information shared at a child death or serious injury review. The NCDR-CRS is a web based system currently being used by 35 of the 50 US states. This article describes the purpose, features, limitations, and strengths of the system. It describes current and planned efforts for the dissemination of the data to inform and catalyse local, state, and national efforts to keep children safe, healthy, and alive.

  • Adolescent
  • child
  • database
  • surveillance

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  • Funding Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (grant 5 U49MC00225-09-00) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.