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The construction of a road injury database.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Accident Analysis & Prevention
0001-4575
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
25
Issue
6
Pages
659–665
Identifiers
PMID: 8297434
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In order to effectively examine possible causes and determinants of road trauma, reliable information on the participants, circumstances, and resultant injuries and deaths must be available. Characteristics of participants (persons and vehicles) and the circumstances of road accidents are routinely collected by police and road authorities, whereas details of the injuries and medical care provided to casualties are collected by hospital and ambulance services. A road injury database, linking data collected by the Health, Police, and Main Roads Departments of the Government of Western Australia with records of the St. John Ambulance Association and the Death Register, has been established. This paper describes the procedures used to link the various sources of data and discusses the design, construction, and quality of the resultant relational database.

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