Self-directed violence surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements


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Crosby AE, Ortega L, Melanson C.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

To address the current lack of a uniform definition on fatal and nonfatal self-harm, the CDC developed this resource to improve our understanding of self-directed violence and standardize data collection. Consistent data allow researchers to better gauge the scope of the problem, identify high-risk groups, and monitor the effects of prevention programs. The definitions and data elements were developed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.