National violent death reporting system coding manual
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National violent death reporting system coding manual

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    NVDRS coding manual
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    The creation of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) coding manual has been a collaborative process involving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Violent Injury Statistics System (NVISS) and contracted software developers. CDC has taken the lead on developing the case definition, table structure, the document-based architecture of the system, and several new data elements. NVISS supplied most of the data elements and definitions based on an earlier pilot for the NVDRS. The NVISS Child Fatality Module Team developed the Child Fatality data elements that are being piloted in NVDRS. This revised version of the coding manual incorporates updates to the system and input from states and others who have been using the system since its creation. The NVDRS data elements are drawn in part from the NVISS, a pilot for the system. NVISS was developed in 1999 with the financial support of six private foundations. Without the vision and financial support of these foundations, the early work to develop the national system would not have been possible. These foundations include the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Center on Crime, Communities and Culture of the Open Society Institute, the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This project is a reflection of the expertise of all the developmental partners, participating state health departments, state and local coroner/medical examiner offices and state and local law enforcement agencies.
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    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ; produced by the CDC NVDRS Team and Jennifer C. Friday and the Carter Consulting Company.

    The NVDRS Coding Manual is a reference document to be used by state health departments for defining cases, entering data, and checking data once it is entered. It contains information about individual variables and the way the data are structured. The Coding Manual is intended to be used in conjunction with the materials provided at the coding training and the NVDRS Software Manual. Other material related to setting up a state violent death reporting system can be found in the NVDRS Implementation Manual.

    Mode of access: World Wide Web as an Acrobat .pdf file (900.47 KB, 418 p.).

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) Coding Manual Revised [Online] 2008 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (producer). Available from: URL:

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