Injury is the leading cause of death for U.S. residents aged 1-44, and motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of major traumatic injury in both Kentucky and the U.S. These injuries often lead to long-term disability or impairment, affecting quality of life of the injured. KIPRC’s trauma research and prevention program addresses the burden of trauma-related injuries through traumatic injury data collection, occupational injury surveillance and fatality investigations, community partnerships, and population-based outreach.
The Central Nervous System Injury (CNSI) Surveillance Project is funded by the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Aging and Independent Living. Its purpose is to track cases of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, and acquired brain injury as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kentucky Revised Statues (KRS 211.470).
Data submitted to a central source by the approximately 30 participating Kentucky hospitals are used by the hospitals themselves for program quality improvement and by the World Health Organization for annual reports and periodic ad hoc or focused studies.
Julia F. Costich, JD, PhD, principal investigator