Epidemiology: Risk Factor Research

Improving Injury Prevention Capacity in the Child Death Review Process

Principal Investigator: Brian Johnston, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Washington Department of Pediatrics
Funding Source: Health Resources and Services Administration

Child Death Review Teams (CDRTs) review unexpected child deaths and are charged with recommending strategies to prevent similar deaths in the future. Most CDRTs, however, lack the data and resources they require to generate scientifically sound prevention recommendations after reviewing an injury death. The investigators in this study will develop an evidence-based guide to best practices in the prevention-orientation review of child injury deaths; bring emergency-medicine regional injury prevention coordinators (RIPCs) onto local CDRTs as the experts in injury prevention, and develop and test a computer-based decision support tool that will allow the RIPCs and the local CDR teams to link data collected in the context of child death review to evidence-based injury prevention options and resources for promoting the implementation of these options.