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Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance Program

The Central Nervous System Injury (CNSI) Surveillance Project is funded by the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Aging and Independent Living. Its purpose is to track cases of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and acquired brain injury as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Revised Statues (KRS 211.470).

Cases are taken from two sources. Inpatient hospitalizations as well as emergency department visits for CNSI are ascertained using the Kentucky Hospital Discharge Database (HDD). Fatalities are obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics’ annual Multiple Cause of Death (MCOD) files. When reported on jointly, these sources are linked to resolve duplication of cases across databases, using a probabilistic methodology based upon research by Fellegi and Sunter (1969) and Jaro (1985, 1995).

Program Contact: Shannon Beaven