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About Injury Epidemiology


The Injury Epidemiology Program gathers and analyzes data on all unintentional and intentional injuries in Oregon. Ongoing surveillance data are used to determine the magnitude of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Oregon, monitor trends, identify priority areas, complete data requests, and to guide program development and policy initiatives.

Learn more from our Glossary of Terms and Injury Fact sheets.

In Oregon, injury is....

  • The third leading cause of death overall!
  • The leading cause of death for Oregonians aged 1 - 44 years!
  • Not an accident. Most injuries are PREVENTABLE!

Data are collected from....

  • Death certificates
  • Hospital discharge records
  • Law enforcement summaries
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Surveys
  • Medical examiner reports

Additional data

State and national injury data may also be obtained from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) through the Web-based: Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) - an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.