. To review the current status of injury surveillance and control (lSC) in EU countries
. To develop a consensus Statement of Good Practice of ISC
. To recommend measures for the improvement of ISC in the EU in the next century
The essence of EURORlSC is the creation of a goal-oriented collaborative partnership of injury experts in the EU supported by a network resource in the form of a Clearinghouse.
Injury surveillance is widely acknowledged to hold the key to effective injury prevention. Existing injury surveillance and control (ISC) systems in the European Union (EU) are limited in number, scope and population coverage. The best known transnational injury surveillance system is the European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System (EHLPSS), an EC demonstration project. While EHLASS represents a formidable administrative and technological achievement, it nevertheless has considerable unfulfilled potential. The proposed EURORISC concerted action project is unprecedented in that it aims to undertake a comprehensive review of current practice and future needs for ISC in the EU.
It will comprise three phases:
Phase 1: The reality - a survey of the current position Objectives:
i) to describe the contemporary epidemiology of injury in the countries of the EU;
ii) to identify current ISC activities throughout the EU.
Phase 2: The ideal - a consensus Statement of Good Practice Objectives:
i) to develop criteria for the evaluation of ISC;
ii) to review the world literature on ISC;
iii) to articulate a Statement of Good ISC Practice.
Phase 3: The future - overcoming obstacles to effective ISC Obiectives:
i) to compare current ISC in the EU with the Statement of good Practice;
ii) to recommend measures designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ISC in the EU in the next century.
The essence of EURORISC is the creation of a collaborative partnership of injury experts in the EU supported by a network resource in the form of a Clearinghouse. The project objectives will be achieved by undertaking surveys of the epidemiology of injury and of current ISC in the EU, by convening a consensus conference in order to arrive at an agreed Statement of Good ISC Practice based on a systematic review of the world literature, and by proposing solutions to deficiencies highlighted by comparing current ISC in the EU with the Statement of Good Practice. EURORISC will have 11 participants from seven EU countries and will run for three years. The project will facilitate the future development and ultimate harmonisation of ISC in a Europe in which growing economic, social and political interdependence obliges us to institute scientifically based, efficient and effective measures designed to protect individuals of all ages, wherever they reside, from death and disability through injury.