Self-directed violence surveillance; uniform definitions and recommended data elements
Published Date:February 2011
Corporate Authors:National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (U.S.), Division of Violence Prevention.
Description:Background -- Uniform definitions -- Recommended data elements for self-directed violence - Vignettes - Appendix: Key terms
Self-directed violence (SDV) is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in the United States and worldwide. Though numerous organizations collect information on fatal and non-fatal SDV, there is considerable confusion about how to define the phenomenon. To address the current lack of uniform definitions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes the following surveillance definitions for SDV. Use of consistent terminology with standardized definitions will improve communication among researchers, clinicians, and others working in this important area.
Suggested citation: Crosby AE, Ortega L, Melanson C. Self-directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 1.0. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2011
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