Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
versión impresa ISSN 1413-8123
ALAZRAQUI, Marcio; SPINELLI, Hugo; ZUNINO, Marina Gabriela y SOUZA, Edinilsa Ramos de. The quality of information systems on violence-related deaths in Argentina and Brazil between 1990 and 2010. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.12, pp. 3279-3288. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012001200013.
Violence-related deaths are a public health issue by virtue of the magnitude of their impact on society and on the health services. A study of the descriptive temporal trend was conducted using the official national information systems of violence-related mortality in Argentina and Brazil for the period from 1990 to 2010. Indicators were created to evaluate information quality by sex, age, and cause of death. The results demonstrate a temporal trend of improvement in the quality of the information systems. This trend is repeated especially when violence-related deaths are analyzed, with a decrease in the number of records for violence-related death of undetermined intent; as well as a high percentage of firearm-related deaths of undetermined intent in Argentina. The analysis of the quality of information systems regarding violence-related deaths makes it possible to detect problems and orient actions in order to obtain better quality information and therefore permit improvement in the creation of preventive public policies.
Palabras clave : Violence; External causes; Information systems; Mortality statistics; Temporal trends.