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WISQARS™ Tutorials: Fatal Injury Reports

Fatal Injury Reports

Report Options
Advanced Options
Practice Questions

 

In the Fatal Injury Reports module, you will see four different options. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will choose Fatal Injury Reports 1999-2010, National, Regional, and States (RESTRICTED)

Image: Screen capture showing Fatal Injury Report date range options.

(Note: The coding of mortality data changed significantly in 1999, so you may not be able to compare number of deaths and death rates from 1998 and before with data from 1999 and after. Also, cause-of-injury groupings were updated in 2003, which may affect some WISQARS mortality reports.)

When selecting the Restricted option, you are taken to a page outlining the use restrictions of the data. Review and click "I Agree" to proceed.

Image: Screen capture showing the I Agree disclaimer required when selecting the Restricted option.

Report Options

Once that selection is made, you will be brought to the Report Options page with three main categories of standard options and some advanced, optional choices. Our first option is to designate the intent or manner of the injury. We will select Unintentional.

Image: Screen capture showing Report Option 1, What was the intent or manner of the injury? The option of Unintentional is selected.

The second option is to select is the cause or mechanism of the injury. This is a detailed list with many options. We will select Motor vehicle, overall.

Image: Screen capture showing Report Option 2, What was the cause or mechanism of the injury? Option of Motor vehicle overall is selected.

The third series of options concerns demographics. Among these we will first determine the Census Region applied to our query. We will choose West.

Image: Screen capture showing Report option 3, Census Region. The option of West region is selected.

Under Race we will select American Indian/Alaska Native.

Image: Screen capture showing Race options, AI/AN selected.

Under Sex we will select Males.

Image: Screen capture showing options for Sex, Males selected.

Year(s) or Report will be 2000 to 2010. The next two options we will leave at their default settings: Hispanic Origin will be All, and Output Options will be Standard Output.

Image: Screen capture for three options: Years of Report, Hispanic Origin and Output Options. Year(s) or Report will be 2000 to 2010. The next two options have default values selected.

Advanced Options

At this point we have the option to submit our request or to proceed to the Advanced Options, which are not required. Let’s take a closer look at these Advanced Options.

Image: Screen capture showing Advanced Options.

In Age Groups, we will limit our query to the custom age range of 16 to 25.

Image: Screen capture showing options for Age Groups. Custom age range of 16 to 25 is selected.

When using all ages or age groups, WISQARS allows you to compare injury rates using age-adjusting, and selecting a standardized year for age-adjusting. For our example we will not request age-adjusting because we are choosing a custom age range.

Image: Screen capture showing options for Age Adjusting. No age adjusting requested is selected.

You have the option to view your results filtered through the output groups of age group, age, race, sex or year. But for our example we will leave all these at None.

Image: Screen capture showing the options for selecting output groups. The option for Year is selected.

Now we are ready to submit our request.

Image: Screen capture showing the Submit Request button.

Our results based on the options we selected appear below. These results can be downloaded in a spreadsheet (CSV) file.

Image: Screen capture showing chart with the results of the walkthrough query.

Practice Questions

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the Fatal Injury Report module of the WISQARS tutorial, put your knowledge to the test by generating a report with the following objective:

Which state had the highest number of American Indian/Alaska Native poisonings from 1999 to 2010?

Your results should show that Oklahoma has the highest number of poisoning deaths of all states.

Now try this follow-up question: Which state has the highest rate of AI/AN poisonings from 1999 to 2010?

Your results should show that Alaska has the highest rate of poisoning of all states.

HINT: Start by accepting the data restriction at this link: Fatal Injury Reports 1999-2010, for National, Regional, and States (RESTRICTED). Then find the option to output results by state under Advanced Options.

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