The objective of JAMIE is to have by the end of 2013 in the majority of MSs a common hospital based surveillance injury system in operation enabling EC and MSs to monitor injury risks. JAMIE will:
- refine the current methodology for collecting hospital based injury data with a view to allow data collection also in less resourced settings and to ensure that the quality of data will meet the EuroStat-quality requirements; and
- incorporate in 26 out of the eligible countries (EU31) into the European IDB monitoring system and into the IDB-exchange mechanism.
The Joint Action will make available national capacities and resources for applying a pro-active approach to Member States, by offering assistance: such as standardized trainings for national data administrators, twinning programmes, on-site consultations and country specific coaching for countries which still have to start or restart a system, continuous supervision, and joint monitoring actions levels of implementation in each MS.
Current health statistics statistics do not provide sufficient information as to the causes and circumstances of injuries. In order to fill this information gap, in past decade 13 Member States (MSs) have developed an injury monitoring system in hospitals: the European Injury Database (IDB). It is now time to work towards a full geographical coverage of EU MSs and to enhance the quality of data as regards to representativeness, accuracy, comparability. This will also allow IDB to become eligible for being included within the European Statistical System (OJ L 354/70, 31.12.2008).
JAMIE supports the aims of the second Health Programme 2008-2013 of complementing, supporting and adding value to the policies of the MSs with a view of protecting and promoting health and safety (OJ L 301/3, 20.11.2007) as well as the implementation of the Council Recommendation on the prevention of injuries which calls for Community-wide injury information based on national injury surveillance instruments (OJ C 164/1, 18.7.2007).
The practically achievable level of quality will be defined in accordance with EuroStat (ESS) criteria in consultation with an international scientific advisory group and EuroStat experts for injuries and public health statistics.
Training will be given to national data administrators (NDAs), project leaders in reference hospitals and key persons responsible for national injury reporting through standardized training events, twinning programmes and standardized reporting on compliance with the standards.
Country specific work plans will be developed and executed. For “new-comers” seed-money will be offered. With IDB reference hospitals standardized collaboration contracts will be concluded. For all NDAs central support for the implementation will be provided (counselling on technical and other practical questions).
The MSs-data (including quality audits) will be centrally checked and released for annual upload by DG Sanco. Two new annual reports on “Injuries in the EU” will be produced. IDB data clearing house will be continued.
EU-wide consensus will be achieved on IDB data quality requirements and confidence intervals for IDB based estimates. The great majority of MSs will be able to report IDB-data on a regular base, allowing benchmarking between MSs and EU-level monitoring.
It is expected that after the completion of the action, at least 26 countries have designated national injury data administrators, who are well trained in the Community approach in injury surveillance and capable to implement the system if this is not yet achieved in the course of the action. There will be an increased use of IDB data for prevention purposes at national level.
The entire IDB system (its methodological basis, geographical coverage, data quality, organizational processes) will be considerably improved, and therefore ready for starting the next phase, which is the political, technical, and legal consultation process of an actual transfer to the European Statistical System, as part of the set of public health statistics.