Development of a model rural injury surveillance program

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Project Investigator(s): 
JA Merchant, K Donham, Institute of Agriculture Medicine and Occupational Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa

The goals of this project were to review and evaluate available mortality and morbidity data for farm health and safety in order to develop a farm injury surveillance model. A plan was drafted for a population-based surveillance program, data management system, and surveillance network that could be replicated in any agricultural state or region. Results of a pilot study conducted in several rural hospitals were used to develop a proposal to establish an Injury Prevention Research Center at The University of Iowa. This center was established in 1990 through an award from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.