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2.8 Output Group/ Report Layout Options

By selecting entries in pull-down windows, reported cost estimates can be stratified by as many as two user-specified characteristics in the “down” dimension of the report (the rows) and two user-specified characteristics in the “across” dimension of the report (the columns). When cost estimates are produced by combining system-provided data with user-supplied data (see Section 2.4) any indicated stratification characteristics will also determine the layout of the custom-generated user data entry screen. The custom-generated data entry screen will accept annual case counts from start year to end year at the requested level of stratification (year is automatically inserted as a high-level stratification characteristic in the “down” dimension for requests involving user-provided data).

As an example, suppose that national lifetime work loss cost estimates associated with injury-related deaths have been requested for several specific injury intent categories (homicide, suicide), several specific injury mechanisms (firearm, poisoning, suffocation), both sexes, and two five-year age groups (15-19 years, 20-24 years). Selecting mechanism as the first “down” characteristic and age group as the second “down” characteristic, while selecting intent as the first “across” characteristic and none as the second “across” characteristic, will result in a report showing the cost estimates stratified according to a three-way classification. The categories for the second “down” characteristic will be nested (repeated) within each category for the first “down” characteristic. The resulting report layout for this example is shown below (Figure 1). Note that overall totals and category subtotals are automatically included in the report.

Extending the example above, suppose that the interface selections now call for entry of user-provided case counts with a start year of 2009 and an end year of 2010. The resulting custom-generated user data entry screen will be stratified in the “down” dimension by all indicated stratification characteristics whether they are designated as “down” or “across” in the pull-down lists, and these stratification characteristics will be preceded by the automatic stratification characteristic year (Figure 2). Configuring the custom-generated data entry screen in this way is done to simplify the data entry process; the final report layout restores the stratification characteristics to their designated “down” and “across” dimensions.

The “down” and “across” characteristics need not be actively specified in the user interface. When they are not, a default report layout is used. In the example above, which refers to the intent by mechanism injury classification scheme, the default layout will show injury mechanism categories in the “down” dimension and injury intent categories in the “across” dimension. The specified age categories would continue to apply as data selection conditions but would not appear as nested rows; the specified categories would appear in the report title only (not shown). When the body region by nature of injury classification scheme is used, the default report layout will show body region categories in the “down” dimension and nature of injury categories in the “across” dimension.

Note: Beginning with the current release of the Cost-of-Injury application, new data privacy requirements apply to state-level fatal injury reports that are based on system-provided data. In order to help ensure that these requirements are met, such reports are now limited to at most one “down” characteristic and at most one “across” characteristic. National and regional reports are not affected by the new requirements.

Figure 1. Final Report Layout with “Down” and “Across” Stratification Characteristics.

This is an a screenshot from WISQARS of the final report layout with down and across stratification characteristics. For example, Colums are: Mechanism, Age Group, Deaths and Type of Cost, The Intent (Suicide, Homoicde, Total)

Figure 2. Custom-Generated Screen for Entry of User-Provided Case Counts.

This is an a screenshot from WISQARS of the Custom-Generated Screen for Entry of User-Provided Case Counts. For example, Colums are: Year, Mechanism, Age Group, Intent, Enter (Number of Deaths), Average (Medical Costs), Average (Work Loss Cost), and Death Count (Used for Averages)

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