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The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)--[OMB#0920-0607, Expiration 11/30/2012]--Revision--National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Violence is an important public health problem. In the United States, homicide and suicide are the second and third leading causes of death, respectively, in the 1-34 year old age group. Unfortunately, public health agencies do not know much more about the problem other than the statistics and the sex, race, and age of the victims; all information obtainable from the standard death certificate. Death certificates, however, carry no information about key facts necessary for prevention such as the relationship between the victim and suspect and the circumstances of the deaths, thereby making it only possible to discern the gross contours of the problem. Furthermore, death certificates are typically available 20 months after the completion of a single calendar year. Official publications of national violent death rates, e.g. those in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, rarely use data that is less than two years old. Public health interventions aimed at a moving target last seen two years ago may well miss the mark.
Local and Federal criminal justice agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provide slightly more information about homicides, but they do not routinely collect standardized data about suicides, which are in fact
CDC therefore proposes to continue a state-based surveillance system for violent deaths that will provide more detailed and timely information. It taps into the case records held by medical examiners/coroners, police, and crime labs. Data is collected centrally by each state in the system, stripped of identifiers, and then sent to the CDC. Information is collected from these records about the characteristics of the victims and suspects, the circumstances of the deaths, and the weapons involved. States use standardized data elements and software designed by CDC. Ultimately, this information will guide states in designing programs that reduce multiple forms of violence.
Neither victim families nor suspects are contacted to collect this information. All data comes from existing records and is collected by state health department staff or their subcontractors. Health departments incur an average of 2.0 hours per death to complete data collection. This is the time required to identify the deaths from death certificates, contact police and medical examiners to get copies of or to view the relevant records and enter the information into the database. Public agencies working with NVDRS states incur an average of 0.5 hours per death to retrieve and then refile records.
This revision provides updates to the coding manual which reflects improved guidance to system users for coding information to be entered into the system. The improved coding guidance in the manual ensures that data is consistently entered across users.
There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 67,500.