The implementation of prevention-oriented injury surveillance in the EU is a major demand towards the Member States in the recent "EC Council Recommendations on the prevention of injury and the promotion of safety". Needed in particular are valid and reliable indicators for the array of external causes of injury morbidity, like involved activities, products and mechanisms, and for the most severe consequences of injuries besides death - long term and chronic disabilities. Whereas no single EU health statistics fulfils that demand to date, the integration of two existing data sources - the prevention-oriented IDB and the routine HDR - is considered the most promising approach to that avail.
This approach is INTEGRIS - Integration of European Injury Statistics and will receive funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 ).
The idea of INTEGRIS is to validate the potential of the IDB to fulfil the requirements of the European statistical system by integrating these data with the existing HDRs. The usability of the "integrated IDB " will be demonstrated by the example of disabilities from injuries, which are an important indicator for the burden of injuries.
The overall goal is to develop and evaluate a data model for the integration of routine and more detailed hospital data on injuries, namely thru linking the official HDR with the EUIDB. This integrated data model would enable hospitals to generate a standard injury data set from the routinely collected information with minimal additional efforts. Moreover, a methodology for gaining representativity of the integrated data model has to be developed and applied. The development of state-of-the-art electronic interfaces to streamline the data collection would be an important part of the project.
The INTEGRIS project aims to provide the necessary research and technology input for the IDB -HDR integration through an evaluated demonstration project in six Member States. This aim links to chapter 4.2 of the call 2007 "Responding to EU policy needs in Health Statistics" in the field of hospital based injury statistics, 4.2.4.: Health Statistics and Rare Events (HEALTH-2007) in particular. The resulting IDB -HDR data model and INTEGRIS prototype shall meet the statistical quality criteria of Eurostat (European Statistical System) and the public health requirements of the EU Health Indicators (ECHI). A successful evaluation provided, an EU -level implementation plan will be proposed for adoption by the relevant stakeholders and decision makers