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Matching of police and hospital road crash casualty records – a data-linkage study in Malaysia

Kamaluddin, Noor Azreena LU ; Abd Rahman, Mohd Faizal and Várhelyi, András LU (2018) In International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion p.1-8
Abstract

Underreporting of road crashes hampers the development of appropriate road safety countermeasures in many countries. In this study, police and hospital records from road crash casualties in the Melaka Tengah district in Malaysia from 2014 were collected to determine their matching and reporting rates. Based on authentic personal identifiers from both types of records, Microsoft SQL was used to reveal how the matching rate varies due to multiple factors. The results showed that 311 cases (of 7625 hospital records) could be linked to both databases, yielding a 4.1% matching rate and a 4.7% police reporting rate. Both the reporting and matching rates increased with the level of injury severity. The significant underreporting in the police... (More)

Underreporting of road crashes hampers the development of appropriate road safety countermeasures in many countries. In this study, police and hospital records from road crash casualties in the Melaka Tengah district in Malaysia from 2014 were collected to determine their matching and reporting rates. Based on authentic personal identifiers from both types of records, Microsoft SQL was used to reveal how the matching rate varies due to multiple factors. The results showed that 311 cases (of 7625 hospital records) could be linked to both databases, yielding a 4.1% matching rate and a 4.7% police reporting rate. Both the reporting and matching rates increased with the level of injury severity. The significant underreporting in the police database showed that complementary data are necessary for enhancing the current official crash data records.

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hospital register, matching rate, police register, reporting rate, Road crash victims
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International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
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Taylor & Francis
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  author       = {Kamaluddin, Noor Azreena and Abd Rahman, Mohd Faizal and Várhelyi, András},
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  keyword      = {hospital register,matching rate,police register,reporting rate,Road crash victims},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion},
  title        = {Matching of police and hospital road crash casualty records – a data-linkage study in Malaysia},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/},
  year         = {2018},
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