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Am J Prev Med. 2009 Jul;37(1):68-71. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2009.03.005.

Creating a National Violent Death Reporting System: a successful beginning.

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Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. hemenway@hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

Following the urgings of many advocates, an IOM report in 1999 called for a national data system on violent death, modeled after that existing for motor-vehicle crashes. The National Violent Death Reporting System now provides rich data on the circumstances of violent deaths in the U.S.; it is the first national system to collect in-depth information on suicides. In November 2008, the system went online (www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/), making data from 17 states available to researchers and the general public. The successful development of this system was the result of a 10-year effort begun with the support of a half-dozen foundations. Key components of the success included a high-quality pilot version of the system and the mobilization of a large, bipartisan coalition of individuals, institutions, and agencies that advocated for federal funding for the system.

PMID:
19524145
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2009.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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