Road Injury Data Collection and Epidemiologal Situation In Malaysia

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Throughout the years, road crashes data collected by the Malaysian traffic police has been the main data source for road safety analysis. Data collected includes information on road environment, vehicle performance, driver characteristics, casualty demographics and injury severity. Research previously conducted has identified the level of incompleteness of police crash surveillance system (K.L. Tsui, 2009). Complete injury details are often lacking and these details are essential to perform in depth analysis especially for post crash and road injury research. To bridge the gap, the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) with cooperation from Ministry of Health (MOH) through Clinical Research Centre (CRC) has initiated a study entitled Road Traffic Injury Prevention Study (R-TRIPS) to collect detailed road injuries data from six hospitals around Klang Valley. Among the data collected are pre-hospital care, drug or alcohol use, injury details and Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) codes which has been proven beneficial for trauma assessment and road injury analysis. The results from the earlier few months of data collection have been promising. Preliminary findings from the data have equipped researchers and road safety professionals on new intelligence that can be used to formulate better policies and impactful intervention on road safety. The addition of hospital injury data to the existing police crash data would provide better understanding on road safety issues thus will materialize the aspiration of the country in heightening up road safety standards and to reduce the overall road crash casualties.


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