Injury Surveillance in Agriculture

  • Gunderson, Paul D.;
  • Gerberich, Susan G.;
  • Adlis, Susan A.;
  • Carr, W. Peter;
  • Elkington, Jane M.;
  • Erdman, Arthur;
  • French, Robert;
  • Gibson, Robert W.;
  • Melton III, L. Joseph;
  • True, John A.


Information on agricultural trauma is limited and difficult to find. Planning for effective prevention strategies and evaluation is compromised by lack of a good surveillance system. Several agencies and organizations have provided some data. Although their summation is at best an approximation of the real situation, a critical review of current data bases is presented. The literature is also reviewed attempting to characterize agricultural trauma. This characterization was classified int : 1) case descriptions, 2) reviews of general articles on the hazards of farming, and 3) descriptive surveys of agricultural injuries. A summary of the available literature still leaves a rather superficial understanding of the entire injury picture. A new approach to surveillance is necessary to overcome past deficiencies. A combined modality approach is suggested, utilizing on-site survey, mail survey, telephone interviewing, and medical record verification. Trial applications of two such systems in Minnesota are described.


JOURNAL: Am J Ind Med. 1990; 18(2): 169-178.

Note: American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 90386166 .

Publication #: 90386166

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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