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National Violent Death Reporting System

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Azrael X, Mercy J. Linking Data to Save Lives: Recent Progress in Establishing a NVDRS. Harvard Health Policy Review. Fall 2001.

Bennett MD, Hall J, Frazier L, Patel N, Barker L, Shaw K. Homicide of children aged 0-4 years, 2003-04: Results from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii39–ii43.

Bossarte RM, Simon TR, Barker L. Characteristics of homicide followed by suicide incidents in multiple states, 2003-04. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii33–ii38.

Breiding MJ, Wiersema B. Variability of undetermined manner of death classification in the US. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii49–ii54.

Butchart A. The National Violent Death Reporting System: a new gold standard for the surveillance of violence related deaths? Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii63–ii64.

Friday JC. Law enforcement and the National Violent Death Reporting System: A partnership in the making. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii55–ii57.

Karch, D, Logan, J. Data Consistency in Multiple Source Document: Findings from Homicide Incidents in the National Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2004. Homicide Studies. August 2008 12(3); 264-276.

Karch DL, Nunn K. Characteristics of Elderly and Other Vulnerable Adult Victims of Homicide by a Caregiver: National Violent Death Reporting System - 17 U.S. States, 2003-2007. J Interpers Violence. 2010 May 4. [Epub ahead of print].

Karch, D. Surveillance of Sex Differences in Completed Suicide Among Older Adults: Data from the National Violent Death Reporting System—17 U.S. States, 2007-2009. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health August 2011, 8(8), 3479-3495.

Kegler S. Applying the compound Poisson process model to the reporting of injury-related mortality rates. Epidemiologic Perspectives and Innovations 2007, 4:1doi:10.1186/1742-5573-4-1.

Logan J, Hill H, Lynber-Black M, Crosby A, Karch D, Barnes J, Lubell K., Characteristics of Perpetrators in Homicide-Followed-by-Suicide Incidents: National Violent Death Reporting System-17 U.S. States, 2003-2005. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2008; doi: 10.1093/aje/kwn213.

Logan J, Karch D, Crosby A. Reducing ‘Unknown’ Data in Violent Death Surveillance: A Study of Death Certificates, Coroner/Medical Examiner and Police Reports from the National Violent Death Reporting System, 2003-2005. Homicide Studies. 2009. 13(4);385-397.

Logan J, Hall J, Karch D. Suicide Categories by Patterns of Known Risk Factors: A Latent Class Analysis. Arch Gen Psychiatry. Sep 2011;68(9):935-941.

Logan J, Skopp N, Karch D, Reger M, Gahm G. Characteristics of suicides among US Army active duty personnel in 17 U.S. States From 2005 to 2007. American Journal of Public Health March 2012; 102(S1):S40-S44

Ortega, LA, Karch D. Precipitating Circumstances of Suicide among Women of Reproductive Age in 16 U.S. States, 2003-2007. Journal of Women’s Health 2010 Jan;19(1):5-7.

Paulozzi LJ, Mercy J, Frazier L Jr, Annest JL. CDC's National Violent Death Reporting System: background and methodology. Injury Prevention 2004 Feb;10(1):47-52.

Smith S, Basile K, Karch D. Sexual Homicide and Sexual Violence-Associated Homicide: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Homicide Studies. May 2011; 15(2):132-153.

Steenkamp, M., Frazier, L., Lipskiy, N., DeBerry, M., Thomas, S., Barker, L., Karch, D. The National Violent Death Reporting System: An Exciting New Tool for Public Health Surveillance. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii3–ii5.


Bahraini MH, Gutierrez PM, Harwood JEF, Huggins JA, Hedegaard H, Chase M, Brenner LA. The Colorado violent death reporting system: Validity and utility of the veteran status variable. Public Health Reports. May-June 2012;127:304-309.

Barber C, Hemenway D. Too many or too few unintentional firearm deaths in official U.S. mortality data? doi:10.1016/j.aap.2010.10.018.

Basham C, Denneson LM, Millet L, Shen MX, Duckart J, Dobscha SK. Characteristics and VA Health Care Utilization of U.S. Veterans Who Completed Suicide in Oregon Between 2000 and 2005. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 41(3) June 2011 287.

Betz ME, Krzyzaniak S, Hedegaard H, Lowenstein S "Completed Suicides in Colorado: Differences between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites". Suic Life Threat Behav 2011; Epub 2011 June 1; Aug 41(4):445-452.

Betz ME, Valley MA, Lowenstein SR, Hedegaard H, Thomas D, Stallones L, Honigman B. "Elevated Suicide Rates at High Altitude: Sociodemographic and Health Issues May Be to Blame". Suic Life Threat Behav. Oct 11, 2011;41(5).

Campbell R, Weis MA, Millet L, Powell V, Hull-Jilly D, Hackman H. From surveillance to action: early gains from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii6–ii9.

Davis, RL. Domestic violence-related deaths. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. 2010;2(2):44-52.

Denneson LM, Basham C, Dickinson KC, et al. Suicide Risk Assessment and Content of VA Health Care Contacts Before Suicide Completion by Veterans in Oregon. Psychiatr Serv 61:1192-1197, December 2010, doi: 10.1176/

Genovesi AL, Donaldson A, Morrison B, and Olson LM. Comparison of newspaper information to official document sources for violent deaths. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 2010 42 (2) 445-451.

Glysch RL, Hale LJ, Nie C, Hargarten SW, Katcher ML. Wisconsin's violent death reporting system: monitoring and responding to Wisconsin's violent deaths. Wisconsin Medical Journal 2005; Jan;104(1):17-9.

Hemenway D, Barber C, Gallagher S, Azrael D. Creating a National Violent Death Reporting System: A Successful Beginning. Am J Prev Med 2009;37(1): 68-70.

Hemenway D, Barber C, Miller M. Unintentional Firearm Deaths: A Comparison of Other-inflicted and Self-inflicted Shootings. Accident Analysis and Prevention. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2010.01.008.

Hempstead K. Manner of death and circumstances in fatal poisonings: evidence from New Jersey. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii44–ii48.

Kabore HJ, Brown S, Archer P. Suicide among persons 65 years and older: Oklahoma 2004, J Okla State Med Assoc Nov 2008;101(11);267-270.

Kaplan MS, McFarland BH, Huguet N, et al. Acute alcohol intoxication and suicide: a gender-stratified analysis of the National Violent Death Reporting System. Injury Prevention (2012). doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040317.

Kaplan, M. S., Huguet, N., McFarland, B. H., and Mandle, J. A. Factors Associated With Suicide by Firearm Among U.S. Older Adult Men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Advance online publication. Mar 28, 2011. doi: 10.1037/a0023173

Krzyzaniak S, Betz ME, Hedegaard H, Lowenstein S. Suicide Epidemiology in Colorado: Comparison of Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Populations. Ann Emerg Med. 2010 56(3 Suppl 1): S54-S55.

Liem M. Homicide followed by suicide: An empirical analysis. Dissertation Utrecht University, the Netherlands. 2010.

M S Kaplan, B H McFarland, and N Huguet. Characteristics of adult male and female firearm suicide decedents: findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System. Inj Prev 2009;15 322-327.

Mark S. Kaplan, DrPH, Bentson H. McFarland, MD, PhD, and Nathalie Huguet, PhD. Firearm Suicide Among Veterans in the General Population: Findings From the National Violent Death Reporting System. The Journal of TRAUMA® Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 2009 Sep;67(3);503-07.

Nathalie Huguet, Mark S Kaplan, Bentson H McFarland. Rates and Correlates of Undetermined Deaths among African Americans: Results from the National Violent Death Reporting System". Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Feb 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2012.00081.x.

Sanford C, Marshall SW, Martin SL, Coyne-Beasley T, Waller AE, Cook PJ, Norwood T, Demissie Z. Deaths from violence in North Carolina, 2004: how deaths differ in females and males. Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii10–ii16.

Shields RT, Ward BW. Comparison of the National Violent Death Reporting System and Supplemental Homicide Report: potential benefits of integration. Justice Research and Policy 2008:10(2):67-97. DOI 10.3818/JRP.10.2.2008.67.

Spriggs, AL, Martin SL, Halpern CT, Schoenbach, VJ. Area disadvantage and intimate partner homicide: An ecological analysis of North Carolina counties. Violence and Victims, 2010:25(3):363-377.

Styka AN, White DS, Zumwalt RE, Lathrop SL. Trends in adult suicides in New Mexico: utilizing data from the New Mexico violent death reporting system. J Forensic Sci. 2010 Jan;55(1):93-9.

Walsh S, Dignan M, Caldwell G. The PAPM, diffusion theory, and violent death surveillance. Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31(5):451-61.

Wanta BT, Schlotthauer AE, Guse CE, Hargarten SW. "The burden of suicide in Wisconsin's older adult population". Wisconsin Medical Journal 2009 Apr;108(2):87-93.

Ward, Brian W., Ryan T. Shields, and Bert R. Cramer. "Integrating Medical Examiner and Police Report Data: Can This Improve Our Knowledge of the Social Circumstances Surrounding Suicide?" Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 2011;32(3):160-168.

Weis MA, Bradberry C, Carter LP, Ferguson J, Kozareva D. "An exploration of human services system contacts prior to suicide in South Carolina: an expansion of the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System". Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii17–ii21.

Weis MA, Gutierrez MI, Harrison J, Matzopoulos R. "The US National Violent Death Reporting System: domestic and international lessons for violence injury surveillance". Injury Prevention 2006;12(Suppl II):ii58–ii62.

Yoon YH, Chen CM, Yi HY, Moss HB. Effect of comorbid alcohol and drug use disorders on premature death among unipolar and bipolar disorder decedents in the United States, 1999 to 2006. Compr Psychiatry. 2011 Sep-Oct;52(5):453-64. Epub 2010 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 21146814; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3139776.

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