The All Wales Injury Surveillance System (AWISS) is a population-based, multi-data sourced injury surveillance system.
It uses data in the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank to:
• routinely conduct analyses on injury occurrence,
• identify risk factors,
• measure and monitor changes in the severity, outcomes and costs of injury to the NHS and society,
• supporting the feasibility assessments of injury-related research projects.
It informs and supports injury prevention practitioners, clinicians and policymakers across Wales to make the best evidence-based informed decisions on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. AWISS analyses can be used to identify groups at high risk of injury and to support the planning and evaluation of injury-related interventions and policies.
AWISS also provides support for the public health surveillance of injuries, and can undertake analyses at short notice to support the targeting or evaluation of injury prevention initiatives as well as research that underpins the improved prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injured individuals in Wales.
In a recent US Centres for Disease Control global competition, AWISS was named the best surveillance system in Europe due to its ability to evaluate interventions as well as conduct routine surveillance.