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Firearm-related fatality surveillance in Hartford County, Connecticut.
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PMID:  11265607     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility of implementing a firearm fatality surveillance system in Hartford County, Connecticut. METHODS: Medical examiner, police, and crime lab data were collected for firearm deaths occurring in Hartford County during 1997. Data included characteristics of victims, suspects, and firearms. We used standard criteria for evaluating an epidemiological surveillance system. RESULTS: The surveillance system detected 52 firearm-related fatalities; 31 were suicides and 21 were homicides. Handguns accounted for 50% of the suicides and 72% of the homicides. Sensitivity was 96%, specificity was 100%, representativeness adequate, simplicity enhanced by a common case identifier, flexibility constrained by the use of existing data, timeliness varied by data source, and system acceptable to all data sources. Estimated statewide cost is $200 per case, or $52,000 per year. CONCLUSION: Firearm injury surveillance in Hartford County is feasible and expansion to statewide coverage possible. The surveillance yielded considerable data at reasonable costs.
G Lapidus; D A Merwin; H W Carver; L Banco
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Connecticut medicine     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0010-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Conn Med     Publication Date:  2001 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-26     Completed Date:  2001-04-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372745     Medline TA:  Conn Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  93-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Injury Prevention Center, 282 Washington Street Hartford, CT 06106, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Connecticut / epidemiology
Homicide / statistics & numerical data
Population Surveillance*
Suicide / statistics & numerical data
Wounds, Gunshot / mortality*

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