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About CDC's Injury Center

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began studying home and recreational injuries in the early 1970s and violence prevention in 1983. From these early activities grew a national program to reduce injury, disability, death, and costs associated with injuries outside the workplace. In June 1992, CDC established the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). As the lead federal agency for injury prevention, NCIPC works closely with other federal agencies; national, state, and local organizations; state and local health departments; and research institutions.
Injury in the United States

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Prevention: The Public Health Approach

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CDC conducts and supports research about causes, risk factors, and preventive measures for injuries outside the workplace, including:

CDC also funds research by universities and other public and private groups studying the three phases of injury control (prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation) and the two major disciplines of injury control (epidemiology and biomechanics).

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Resource Materials  

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CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online]. (2001). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (producer). Available from: URL: [26 Sep 2002].

CDC. Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: A Report to Congress. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 1999.

Hall MJ, Owings MF.  Hospitalizations for injury: United States, 1996.  Advance data from vital and health statistics; no 318.  Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics; 2000.

Institute of Medicine; Bonnie RJ, Fulco CE, Liverman CT (editors). Reducing the Burden of Injury: Advancing Prevention and Treatment. Washington (DC): National Academy Press; 1999.

Pastor PN, Makuc DM, Reuben C, Xia H. Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans. Health, United States, 2002. Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.

Rice DP, MacKenzie EJ, and Associates. Cost of Injury in the United States: A Report to Congress. San Francisco (CA): Institute for Health & Aging, University of California, and Injury Prevention Center, The Johns Hopkins University; 1989.

Sosin DM, Sniezek JE, Thurman DJ. Incidence of mild and moderate brain injury in the United States, 1991. Brain Injury 1996;10:47–54.


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Content Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Page last modified: April 10, 2008