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Towards a national trauma registry for the United Arab Emirates.

Shaban S, Eid HO, Barka E, Abu-Zidan FM - BMC Res Notes (2010)

Bottom Line: The steps taken to establish these registries depend on whether the registry is intended as a single-center or multi-center registry.Several issues arose and were resolved during the development of these registries such as the relational design of the database, whether to use a standalone database management system or a web-based system, and the usability and security of the system.The first two registries provided valuable data which has been analyzed and published.

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Affiliation: Trauma Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Alain, UAE. sami.shaban@uaeu.ac.ae.

ABSTRACT

Background: Trauma is a major health problem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as worldwide. Trauma registries provide large longitudinal databases for analysis and policy improvement. We aim in this paper to report on the development and evolution of a national trauma registry using a staged approach by developing a single-center registry, a two-center registry, and then a multi-center registry. The three registries were established by developing suitable data collection forms, databases, and interfaces to these databases. The first two registries collected data for a finite period of time and the third is underway. The steps taken to establish these registries depend on whether the registry is intended as a single-center or multi-center registry.

Findings: Several issues arose and were resolved during the development of these registries such as the relational design of the database, whether to use a standalone database management system or a web-based system, and the usability and security of the system. The inclusion of preventive medicine data elements is important in a trauma registry and the focus on road traffic collision data elements is essential in a country such as the UAE. The first two registries provided valuable data which has been analyzed and published.

Conclusions: The main factors leading to the successful establishment of a multi-center trauma registry are the development of a concise data entry form, development of a user-friendly secure web-based database system, the availability of a computer and Internet connection in each data collection center, funded data entry personnel well trained in extracting medical data from the medical record and entering it into the computer, and experienced personnel in trauma injuries and data analysis to continuously maintain and analyze the registry.

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Figure 1: Evolution of the trauma registry in the UAE.

Mentions: We benefited from the staged approach in not having to acquire all funds at once. We were also slowly able to refine our data form and reduce the total number of data elements collected while adding data elements important for preventive medicine. Figure 1 shows the evolution of the trauma registries in the UAE. Other countries such as the USA, Germany, and Australia are in the same situation where they have local trauma registries and are struggling with establishing a nation-wide trauma registry [8,12,18].


Towards a national trauma registry for the United Arab Emirates.

Shaban S, Eid HO, Barka E, Abu-Zidan FM - BMC Res Notes (2010)

Evolution of the trauma registry in the UAE.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2913923&req=5

Figure 1: Evolution of the trauma registry in the UAE.
Mentions: We benefited from the staged approach in not having to acquire all funds at once. We were also slowly able to refine our data form and reduce the total number of data elements collected while adding data elements important for preventive medicine. Figure 1 shows the evolution of the trauma registries in the UAE. Other countries such as the USA, Germany, and Australia are in the same situation where they have local trauma registries and are struggling with establishing a nation-wide trauma registry [8,12,18].

Bottom Line: The steps taken to establish these registries depend on whether the registry is intended as a single-center or multi-center registry.Several issues arose and were resolved during the development of these registries such as the relational design of the database, whether to use a standalone database management system or a web-based system, and the usability and security of the system.The first two registries provided valuable data which has been analyzed and published.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Trauma Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, Alain, UAE. sami.shaban@uaeu.ac.ae.

ABSTRACT

Background: Trauma is a major health problem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as worldwide. Trauma registries provide large longitudinal databases for analysis and policy improvement. We aim in this paper to report on the development and evolution of a national trauma registry using a staged approach by developing a single-center registry, a two-center registry, and then a multi-center registry. The three registries were established by developing suitable data collection forms, databases, and interfaces to these databases. The first two registries collected data for a finite period of time and the third is underway. The steps taken to establish these registries depend on whether the registry is intended as a single-center or multi-center registry.

Findings: Several issues arose and were resolved during the development of these registries such as the relational design of the database, whether to use a standalone database management system or a web-based system, and the usability and security of the system. The inclusion of preventive medicine data elements is important in a trauma registry and the focus on road traffic collision data elements is essential in a country such as the UAE. The first two registries provided valuable data which has been analyzed and published.

Conclusions: The main factors leading to the successful establishment of a multi-center trauma registry are the development of a concise data entry form, development of a user-friendly secure web-based database system, the availability of a computer and Internet connection in each data collection center, funded data entry personnel well trained in extracting medical data from the medical record and entering it into the computer, and experienced personnel in trauma injuries and data analysis to continuously maintain and analyze the registry.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus