Guidance for research teams: injury data collection for crash reconstruction studies

One of the more challenging aspects of data collection by the teams involves obtaining injury data on the crash victims. This has required establishing and maintaining the trust and cooperation of the legal custodians of recorded injury data, in keeping with recognized legal safeguards. In order to manage the tension between the need to protect confidentiality and the public's right to know, when such research contributes to public safety, federal and provincial governments have enacted legislation that recognizes the value of such research. In support of this research, these statutes spell out necessary safeguards for the protection of confidentiality. This paper outlines these developments and reviews how the multidisciplinary accident research teams have been collecting injury data while recognizing these necessary constraints. When crash data collection involves a large urban area, or when a particular study requires statistical sampling of a broad geographical area, it is challenging for a reconstruction team to establish a working relationship with many health information custodians. This paper provides research teams with the background information and guidance to most effectively collect, utilize and disclose this sensitive personal injury information.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference XVII, June 3-6, 2007, Montreal, Quebec

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01386962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 9:56PM