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
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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


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