West Virginia University Logo

Injury Data Resources

Injury morbidity, mortality, and cost data can provide regional stakeholders with important knowledge about the burden of injury, and the importance of prevention and control programs and policies. While national data can provide some useful information, policymakers and the public are most interested in local and regional data.

The WVU ICRC has an established track record of assimilating and analyzing injury data. Currently, the Center is engaged in the preparation of a report--Burden of Injury in West Virginia--for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, and a concomitant evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the injury databases specific to West Virginia.

Since 2010, the ICRC has collaborated with the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities’ (CED), in an effort to expand traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance in West Virginia. As a result of this effort, TBI surveillance using hospital discharge data has swiftly grown from a few participating trauma centers to all non-federal hospitals. The ICRC will continue to provide information, technical assistance, and expertise as needed. Additionally, the ICRC and CED are exploring the efficacy of using statewide EMS data to identify TBI survivors. Improved TBI surveillance can increase CED’s reach and improve its capacity to provide service to West Virginian’s with TBI.

Finally, in collaboration with our Faculty Affiliates at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the Center has developed several state-specific injury incidence and economic cost data tables. Currently available tables, for all 50 states, include: Incidence of Hospital-admitted Injuries; Work Loss Cost; Quality of Life Cost; Medical Cost; Total Cost; and Impaired Driving Incidence. ICRC will be updating these tables, which are freely accessible and downloadable from the Center’s Website. We also plan to report on the incidence and costs of injury among the elderly, in those states within the Appalachia region.