Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update to WISQARS Cost of Injury Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce a baseline data update of the WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) cost of injury reports. The baseline data used to compute cost of injury estimates have been updated from 2005 to 2010. The module provides cost estimates for injury deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits where the patient was treated and released. Users can create reports of: medical costs (e.g., treatment and rehabilitation), work loss costs (e.g., lost wages, fringe benefits, and self-reported household services), and combined costs (medical plus work loss) based on a number of variables including: intent and mechanism (cause) of injury, body region and diagnosis of injury, geographic location (for deaths only), sex, and age.

Using this module, users are given two options: (1) to generate cost estimates using national fatal and nonfatal data or (2) to generate cost estimates using their own case counts. The second option allows users to obtain total lifetime medical and work loss cost estimate for geographic areas (e.g., counties) or groups of interest (e.g., hospitalized patients with traumatic brain injuries) based on average costs from national data. Using the second option, cost estimates also can be adjusted for inflation and expressed in more current or previous year’s prices.

Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use the WISQARS™ Cost of Injury Reports to learn more about the economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.