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Trauma Registries: History, Logistics, Limitations, and Contributions to Emergency Medicine Research
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
© 2011 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 18, Issue 6, pages 637–643, June 2011
How to Cite
Zehtabchi, S., Nishijima, D. K., McKay, M. P. and Clay Mann, N. (2011), Trauma Registries: History, Logistics, Limitations, and Contributions to Emergency Medicine Research. Academic Emergency Medicine, 18: 637–643. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2011.01083.x
Supervising Editor: Craig D. Newgard, MD, MPH.
- Issue published online: 15 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
- Received September 14, 2010; revision received December 21, 2010; accepted December 23, 2010.
ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2011; 18:637–643 © 2011 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Trauma registries have been designed to serve a number of purposes, including quality improvement, injury prevention, clinical research, and policy development. Since their inception over 30 years ago, there are increasingly more institutions with trauma registries, many of which submit data to a national trauma registry. The goal of this review is to describe the history, logistics, and characteristics of trauma registries and their contribution to emergency medicine and trauma research. Discussed in this review are the limitations of trauma registries, such as variability in quality and type of the collected data, absence of data pertaining to long-term and functional outcomes, prehospital information, and complications as well as other methodologic obstacles limiting the utility of registry data in clinical and epidemiologic research.