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Am J Public Health. 1990 Mar;80(3):279-81.

An evaluation of external cause-of-injury codes using hospital records from the Indian Health Service, 1985.

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Division of Injury Epidemiology and Control, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Abstract

To evaluate the usefulness of International Classification of Diseases external cause-of-injury and poisoning codes (E codes) for public health surveillance of nonfatal injuries, we analyzed E codes from Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital records. E codes for unknown or unspecified causes were used for 25 percent of records. At two hospitals, 63 percent of E codes assigned by independent coders agreed; another 18 percent matched on general cause-of-injury groups. With uniform guidelines and increased training, E coding could provide a valuable, cost-effective method of quantifying and characterizing severe, nonfatal injuries.

PMID:
2305904
PMCID:
PMC1404681
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.80.3.279
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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