Injury surveillance in agriculture

Paul Gunderson, Susan Gerberich, Robert Gibson, Susan Adlis, Peter Carr, Art Erdman, Jane Elkington, Ronald French, Joseph Melton, Jack True

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Information on agricultural trauma is limited and difficult to find. Planning for effective prevention strategies and evaluation is compromised by lack of a good surveillance system. Several agencies and organizations have provided some data. Although their summation is at best an approximation of the real situation, a critical review of current data bases is presented. The literature is also reviewed attempting to characterize agricultural trauma. This characterization was classified into: 1) case descriptions, 2) reviews of general articles on the hazards of farming, and 3) descriptive surveys of agricultural injuries. A summary of the available literature still leaves a rather superficial understanding of the entire injury picture. A new approach to surveillance is necessary to overcome past deficiencies. A combined modality approach is suggested, utilizing on‐site survey, mail survey, telephone interviewing, and medical record verification. Trial applications of two such systems in Minnesota are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990


  • agricultural trauma
  • combined modality approach
  • epidemiological inadequacies
  • trial applications


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