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Awarded New Investigator/Doctoral Dissertation Grant

Evaluating New Tools to Link Pre-hospital and Hospital Injury Surveillance Data

FOA Number: CE05-021 - Grants for New Investigator Training Awards
Project Period: 8/30/05-8/29/06
Application/Grant Number: 1-R49-CE000679-01
Principal Investigator: Lisa Van Bramer, BA, MD
University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center
Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4200 East 9th Avenue Box B119
Denver, CO 80262


Although many agencies collect injury surveillance data, there is currently no comprehensive system for data collection analyses of non-hospitalized, nonfatal injuries in Colorado or of follow-up after injury hospitalization.

Researchers will develop and implement a comprehensive electronic injury surveillance system (EISS) linking pre-hospital and Department of Safety data to the Denver Health Trauma Registry. Geospatial analyses will be incorporated as a tool to improve its usefulness and accessibility. It will also act as a model for other locales to enhance public health infrastructure. A mixed quantitative/qualitative approach will be used. The investigator will evaluate aspects of this injury surveillance system including the ability and feasibility of linking disparate data systems; use of the aggregate database for targeting motor vehicle-traffic incidents; feasibility of replicating the model in other parts of Colorado; and the process of working with stakeholders to develop and implement this EISS. Injury surveillance at local and state levels is essential for setting research priorities and for targeting and evaluating prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation efforts. This project will improve targeted intervention capacity at a local public health level using an innovative approach to enhance injury surveillance activities.