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“Injuries in the European Union 2010-2012”


Data are the foundation for better policies

In the fields of work safety and road safety, the need for injury information has been acknowledged a while ago; dedicated reporting systems are in place which are also used at EU-level. This has resulted in increased political understanding and commitment to make roads and work places safer. Over the past five years road traffic and work related accidents are slowly but steadily declining.


But for home and leisure accidents this is not the case. This despite of the fact that the majority of injuries (73%) are due to home and leisure accidents, particularly affecting vulnerable groups such as the less well-off, children and older people. Sport-related injuries and fall-injuries among older people are on the rise. It is evident that many opportunities for preventing home and leisure accidents remain untapped.

Better injury data on home and leisure accidents needed
Experience in a couple of EU-countries shows that it is possible to collect information on home and leisure injuries in a cost-effective manner. Emergency Departments at hospitals provide the best setting for collecting information as this information relates to severe cases, while less severe cases are treated by family doctors or school nurses for instance. Information can also be obtained easily in hospitals on a large number of cases and at low cost.

This source of information should be used in a more systematic manner and data should be made available for health and consumer policies in countries and at EU-level. The cost of data collection in emergency departments is only marginally compared to the overall direct medical costs of treating these injuries, while the benefits will exceed this additional cost multiple times.

EU-Injury database. Introduction to the functioning of the Injury Database (IDB)

FAQs Accident & Injury Data Collection

ED-based injury surveillance in countries in Europe - status March 2013

Injury data collection: An effective tool for helping to cut the societal costs of injuries

“Injuries in the European Union 2008-2010”
Report

“Injuries in the European Union 2005-2007” – Launched on Dec 15, 2009

Report

“Injuries in the European Union 2003-2005” – Launched on April 3, 2008
Report








Other relevant publications
- Joint Action on Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE)
- Manual for calculation incidence rates
- Development of Minimum Data Sets on Injuries: background report
- Estimation of the incidence of H&L injuries in France
- Rapid Alert Project (Fr) - Harmonised Survey Project (Fr)
- INTEGRIS indicators for disabilities
- IDB-upload report-national file information 2009-2010


 




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Joint Action on Monitoring Injuries in Europe (JAMIE)

A collaborative project of 24 countries aiming at creating a harmonised injury information system covering the entire EU-region.
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Injury Data Report 2009
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Fact sheet
Injuries in the EU
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Injury Data Base (IDB)
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