J Agric Med Community Health.  2007 Dec;32(3):139-153.

A study on the Development of Surveillance System for Agricultural Injuries in Korea

  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Korea. jsong@hanyang.ac.kr
  • 2Rural Resources Development Institute, NIAST, RDA, Korea.
  • 3Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Korea.
  • 4Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Korea.
  • 5Department of Occupational Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Korea.


Injury in agriculture is a serious public health issue with a major impact on the lives of Korean farmers. It is one of the leading causes of death and is also a major cause of longand short-term disability. In 2001, the social cost of one accident in agricultural machinery was estimated as 97.7-97.8 million won that is 4 fold of farm household income in Korea. Effective prevention and control of injuries requires a system of surveillance that monitors the incidence of injuries, their causes, treatment and outcomes. This requires an integrated system of data collection, analysis and interpretation and communication. Creating effective injury surveillance system in Korea requires to establish a framework for a national agenda. Discussions regarding the development of the framework should address, but not be limited to issues related to Data Holdings and Linkages; Capacity and Skills; Communication; Interconnection; and Surveillance Products. Ideally, an injury surveillance system would meet the information requirements across all sectors, while allowing each to have the ongoing information it needs for its policy and programming needs. This study was carried out to develop a surveillance system of agricultural injuries in Korea. Study subjects were residents who lived in a typical agricultural area (Yangpyung area in Kyung-gi province). The main data sources were reports of village headmen, compared with data of 'National Emergency Management Agency', 'National Health Insurance Corporation', 'Insurance of National Agricultural Cooperative', and 'Emergency Medical Centers'. Each data were reviewed to validate the strengths and weaknesses.


Injury; Agriculture; Surveillance system
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