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The design and evaluation of a system for improved surveillance and prevention programmes in resource-limited settings using a hospital-based burn injury questionnaire
  1. Michael Peck1,
  2. Henry Falk2,
  3. David Meddings3,
  4. David Sugerman4,
  5. Sumi Mehta5,
  6. Michael Sage6
  1. 1Division of Community, Environment and Policy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  2. 2Office of Noncommunicable Disease, Injury, and Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  3. 3Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  4. 4Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  5. 5Director of Programs, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Washington DC, USA
  6. 6The Public Health Institute, Oakland, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Peck, Arizona Burn Center, 2601 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA; mpeck47{at}


Background Limited and fragmented data collection systems exist for burn injury. A global registry may lead to better injury estimates and identify risk factors. A collaborative effort involving the WHO, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the CDC and the International Society for Burn Injuries was undertaken to simplify and standardise inpatient burn data collection. An expert panel of epidemiologists and burn care practitioners advised on the development of a new Global Burn Registry (GBR) form and online data entry system that can be expected to be used in resource-abundant or resource-limited settings.

Methods International burn organisations, the CDC and the WHO solicited burn centre participation to pilot test the GBR system. The WHO and the CDC led a webinar tutorial for system implementation.

Results During an 8-month period, 52 hospitals in 30 countries enrolled in the pilot and were provided the GBR instrument, guidance and a data visualisation tool. Evaluations were received from 29 hospitals (56%).

Key findings Median time to upload completed forms was <10 min; physicians most commonly entered data (64%), followed by nurses (25%); layout, clarity, accuracy and relevance were all rated high; and a vast majority (85%) considered the GBR ‘highly valuable’ for prioritising, developing and monitoring burn prevention programmes.

Conclusions The GBR was shown to be simple, flexible and acceptable to users. Enhanced regional and global understanding of burn epidemiology may help prioritise the selection, development and testing of primary prevention interventions for burns in resource-limited settings.

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