In order to meet the CEREPRI objectives it is essential to raise awareness among governmental and non-governmental organizations about the magnitude and severity of the problem. As well, it is important to encourage each citizen to view the problem as one directly related to her/him.
"Raising consciousness" among the general public and empowering people by establishing community-based interventions, are among the key priorities of the Center.
The Center has been very active in injury prevention by undertaking numerous activities, including the organization of presentations, expert meetings, training courses and workshops, and the co-organization and participation in conferences. It also provides consultation and contributes to the publication of related material.
More specific activities are listed below:
Collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological data
Injury prevention programs
Raising social awareness
Promotion and reinforcement of safety legislation
Cooperation with injury prevention institutiones
Workshops and seminars
COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DATA
CEREPRI plays a leading role in the nation's data collection. The former EHLASS project (European Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System) has been in operation in Greece since December 1986, but formal reports have been edited by CEREPRI as of 1992. This system is managed by the Hellenic Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Consumers Protection and Information Section of the Hellenic Ministry of Commerce also participate at the advisory committee. The project is supervised by Dr. E. Petridou, Director of CEREPRI. Data collection presently takes place in 4 participating hospitals. Selected staff, specially trained by CEREPRI for interviewing, coding, and data entry, complete a special form with standard information when a patient arrives at the Emergency Department of a hospital which is part of the former EHLASS project. Completed forms are coded by the staff and sent, on a regular basis, to the central database in CEREPRI. Since 1990, the validity and consistency of coding is initially double-checked by the EHLASS staff members; thereafter, the forms are processed by CEREPRI under a constantly updated quality control program.
In 1995, EDISS (Emergency Department Injury Surveillance System) was created. EDISS is aimed at collecting data from all cases that enter the Emergency Departments. The computerized database contains more than 300 000 injury records along with an extensive file of variables associated with each case. Data is coded in four systems: ICD-9, ICD-10, EHLASS and NOMESCO (S00-T98 & V01-Y98 ICD-10 codes related to injuries were translated to Greek by CEREPRI in 1997).
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The research work of CEREPRI is recognized on an international level. The Center's collaborators participate in editing committees, approve materials related to injuries for medical magazines and are regularly invited to speak at international conferences.
Research work involves analytical assessments of the burden of injuries of children and youth in Greece and the social economic effect at both the family and state level. As well, it includes the surveillance of social-medical, environmental and financial factors and the subjective reasons for injuries in youth.
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INJURY PREVENTION PROGRAMS
CEREPRI collaborates and supports European Programs in conjunction with the former Injury Prevention Program (IPP) of the EU.
Programs coordinated and presently in development by CEREPRI:
- Secretariat of the EU Working Party on Accidents and Injuries
- European Network for Safety among the Elderly
- The Magnitude and Spectrum of Farm Injuries in European Union Countries
Programs coordinated and recently completed by CEREPRI:
- Development of a Screening Tool for the Identification of Intimate Partner Violence
- An Initiative for the Collection of Data regarding Injuries in the Consumer Services Sector
- Cost Benefit Analysis of the IPP 1999-2003 and Final Project Evaluation
Programs in which CEREPRI is participating in:
- Developing Minimum Data Sets for Injury Surveillance in the European Union in the IPP framework (Consumer Safety Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- EUROCOST: A Surveillance Based Model to Calculate the Direct Medical Costs in Europe (Phase II) (Consumer Safety Institute & Erasmus University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- International Classification of External Causes on Injuries (ICECI)
- Injuries due to Small Particles: A Collaborative Study, including Data from the Emergency Department Injury Surveillance System (EDISS) (RAM Consulting, UK)
- Social Attitudes towards Home and Leisure Risks in the EU Countries (Institut Sicher Leben, Vienna, Austria)
- Scope and Patterns of Tourist Accidents in the European Union (Institut Sicher Leben, Vienna, Austria)
- HLA Data Analysis Comprehensive View of European Injury Data (Institut Sicher Leben, Vienna, Austria)
- Development of a Balanced Score Card of National Key Indicators on Childhood Injury and Related Safety Measures (European Child Safety Alliance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
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RAISING SOCIAL AWARENESS
CEREPRI collaborators are regularly invited to present injury prevention issues at national and international conferences and seminars by scientific committees and academic institutes.
Injury-related information is communicated to the general public through campaigns, training courses, publications in newspapers and common interest magazines, brochures, websites, and interviews on radio and television programs.
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CEREPRI has initiated several major intervention programs, including the following:
- Children Car Restraint Loan Program - aimed at creating awareness among young parents regarding the safe transportation of infants in vehicles.
- Vaccinations for the Safety of Medical Students from Occupational Hazards
- Injury Prevention Intervention Program on the island of Naxos
- TROHOPEDIA (road traffic education) - aimed at educating young people about road safety.
PROMOTION AND REINFORCEMENT OF SAFETY LEGISLATION
CEREPRI researches safety and prevention topics, providing scientific data for the development of safer legislation in Greek and European parliaments.
CEREPRI played a key role in:
- The initiation for an examination of safety issues associated with inedibles co-mingled in food products, mostly for children. CEREPRI provided background material for discussion of the relevant issues by the Emergency Committee on the Food Safety Directive of the European Union and further consideration by the European Parliament. The issue was also brought to the attention of ANEC (European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardization).
- The development of road traffic safety strategies by providing scientific input to an ad hoc committee of the Greek Parliament.
- The drafting of the legislation for the development of standards for child car restraints and lobbied for passing of the respective ministerial decree.
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COOPERATION WITH INJURY PREVENTION INSTITUTIONS
The Center is a member of the European Working Party on Accidents and Injuries and works together with other member states to reduce fatal injuries by 25% and drive down all injuries to make Europe the safest place in the world.
WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS
CEREPRI collaborators actively participate in national and international injury prevention workshops.
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