Introduction

Public Health Wales commissioned the AWISS Injury Indicator Tool in 2017, to provide individuals and organisations with a remit in injury prevention easier access to injury data, to better support injury surveillance and injury reduction programs & policies throughout Wales.

A consultation process with interested individuals and groups across Welsh health boards, Public Health Wales, Universities, and third sector organisations, identified 25 key injury prevention indicators for Wales. Please click here for an overview of the consultation process, and decisions behind the selected indicators.

The majority of the indicators in this section are reported as crude incidence rates per 100,000 population between 2010 and 2017.  Where possible, indicators are available by year (to monitor trends), age group and gender (to monitor high-risk groups), Health Board (HB), Local Authority (LA – to identify high-risk areas) and area level deprivation (to monitor inequalities). Data will be refreshed on an annual basis and freely available via the AWISS website.

The agreed indicators aim to establish the current epidemiology of key injury issues across Wales, provide clear monitoring mechanisms for injury reduction, help implement prevention strategies, raise awareness of high-risk targetable age groups and strengthen evidence for the need of complete and improved data collection on injury and cause of injury coding.

User Guide

The AWISS Injury Indicator Tool is available on the AWISS website: https://www.awiss.org.uk/.  The tool utilises Tableau, an online interactive software that enables users to select their indicator and demographic of interest.

Currently data on 20 AWISS based indicators can be accessed via separate Tableau dashboards.  These dashboards can be selected under the main menu option ‘INJURY INDICATOR TOOL’. Data are presented in several formats and via several groupings on each dashboard, including: by age and Local Authority/Health Board, age and sex, area of deprivation and by year. The majority of data are presented as crude rates per 100,000 population.

Data on the four PHOF indicators are presented by age, sex, deprivation and locality and can be accessed via the PHOF interactive tool.

For further information about calculation methods, data sources, and inclusion/exclusion criteria’s please refer to the meta-data section. To note, where counts in the original data were <5 for any given indicator, rates are presented as null to address potential disclosure risks. An accompanying data quality report provides further information about the quality of data used to generate indicator estimates.

The data presented on each dashboard can be downloaded in several formats via the download button on the bottom right of each page.  Data can only be downloaded from one graph at a time; to select a graph for download click on the title before clicking the download button.

It is recommended that injury indicators produced by AWISS are interpreted with caution. If you are planning to use AWISS injury indicators in your work, it is advised you speak with a member of the AWISS team before publishing your work (s.turner@swansea.ac.uk)