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Recommendations for Improving Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance
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The Recreational Boat Occupant Injury

Surveillance Roundtable

Public health and boating experts partner to develop recommendations for improving boat occupant injury data

Public health surveillance – the continuous and systematic collection and analysis of health-related data – is essential to understand and prevent injuries before they occur. However, previous data reports released by the U.S. Coast Guard have revealed that non-fatal injuries among recreational boat occupants have often gone underreported, limiting the ability of officials to track and prevent these injuries.


To address this need, the Safe States Alliance and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) partnered with the United States Coast Guard to convene the Recreational Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance Roundtable: a group of recreational boating and public health injury prevention experts who were brought together to identify surveillance gaps, determine needed improvements, and develop a set of recommendations to improve boat occupant injury surveillance. 


The Recreational Boat Occupant Injury Surveillance Roundtable report summarizes the discussions that took place during the roundtable and outlines nine recommendations for improving boat occupant injury surveillance: 

1.    Create, increase, and maintain multidisciplinary collaborations between public health, health care, injury prevention and boating professionals.

2.    Create consistent terms and definitions across agencies and databases.

3.    Improve and expand data elements captured.

4.    Improve data collection processes and strategies within BARD.

5.    Improve and expand data accessibility to all sources of boat injury surveillance data.

6.    Link and integrate existing boating-related injury data sources.

7.    Utilize expanded data analyses and methodologies with existing data.

8.    Investigate sources of sustainable funding for recreational boating surveillance.

9.    Work toward long-term social, political, and cultural change.






 PLEASE NOTE: In 2010, the organizational name "STIPDA" was changed to the "Safe States Alliance." All documents created prior to this date may reflect the previous name and logo.




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