Defining a common set of indicators to monitor road accidents in the European Union

Sara Farchi, Nunzio Molino, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Piero Borgia, Michael Krzyzanowski, Dafina Dalbokova, Rokho Kim

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Background: Currently road accidents are mostly monitored through mortality and injury rates. This paper reports the methodology and the results of a project set forth by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by the WHO aimed at identifying and evaluating a core set of indicators to monitor the causal chain of road accident health effects. The project is part of the ECOEHIS (Development of Environment and Health Indicators for European Union Countries). Methods: A group of experts (WG), identified 14 indicators after a review of the information collected at the EU level, each of them representing a specific aspect of the DPSEEA (Driving, Pressure, State, Exposure, Effect, Action) model applied and adapted to the road accidents. Each indicator was scored according to a list of 16 criteria chosen by the WG. Those found to have a high score were analysed to determine if they were compatible with EU legislation and then tested in the feasibility study. Results: 11 of the 14 indicators found to be relevant and compatible with the criteria of selection were proposed for the feasibility study. Mortality, injury, road accident rate, age of vehicle fleet, and distance travelled are the indicators recommended for immediate implementation. Conclusion: After overcoming the limitations that emerged (absence of a common definition of death by road accident and injury severity, underestimation of injuries, differences in information quality) this core set of indicators will allow Member States to carry out effective internal/external comparisons over time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 11 2006

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Defining a common set of indicators to monitor road accidents in the European Union. / Farchi, Sara; Molino, Nunzio; Rossi, Paolo Giorgi; Borgia, Piero; Krzyzanowski, Michael; Dalbokova, Dafina; Kim, Rokho.

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Farchi, Sara ; Molino, Nunzio ; Rossi, Paolo Giorgi ; Borgia, Piero ; Krzyzanowski, Michael ; Dalbokova, Dafina ; Kim, Rokho. / Defining a common set of indicators to monitor road accidents in the European Union. In: BMC Public Health. 2006 ; Vol. 6.
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