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Gaceta Sanitaria

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PEREZ, Katherine  and  SOCIEDAD ESPANOLA DE EPIDEMIOLOGIA. Grupo de trabajo et al. Definition of hospital discharge, serious injury and death from traffic injuries. Gac Sanit [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.3, pp.242-245. ISSN 0213-9111.

Road traffic injury surveillance involves methodological difficulties due, among other reasons, to the lack of consensus criteria for case definition. Police records have usually been the main source of information for monitoring traffic injuries, while health system data has hardly been used. Police records usually include comprehensive information on the characteristics of the crash, but often underreport injury cases and do not collect reliable information on the severity of injuries. However, statistics on severe traffic injuries have been based almost exclusively on police data. The aim of this paper is to propose criteria based on medical records to define: a) "Hospital discharge for traffic injuries", b) "Person with severe traffic injury", and c) "Death from traffic injuries" in order to homogenize the use of these sources.

Keywords : Traffic accidents; Injury; Injury severity; Health information systems; Selection criteria.

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