Public Health Data Inventory

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Registry


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem in Nebraska and in the U.S. Inpatient discharges from acute care hospitals in Nebraska who have a diagnosis code indicating a traumatic brain injury are reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. These data sources data could be utilized in the future to expand TBI surveillance in the state and can provide additional information on contributing factors for TBI, such as race/ethnicity of individuals treated for TBI.

Type of Data

The data are program-level for ongoing surveillance.

Data Collection Method and Availability

State law (§81-653 to 81-662) requires that any hospital, rehabilitation center, psychologist or physician report the following information about the person sustaining the injury to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Name, Social Security number (if known), date of birth, gender, residence, date of injury, final diagnosis or classification of injury, cause of injury, place where injury occurred, identification of the reporting source, dispensation upon discharge, any additional information. Diagnosis and treatment information are collected from the patient’s medical record. The data have been collected monthly since 2004. 

Related Links and Reports

Traumatic Brain Injury in Nebraska 2004-2008 Report

Traumatic Brain Injury in Nebraska Fact Sheet

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver

Data Contact

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Brain Injury Registry
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-1370

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