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WHO Global Burn Registry—A Standardized Platform for Burn Data Collection

Michael Peck, MD1, David Meddings, MD, MHSc2, Henry Falk, MD, MPH3

  • 1 Arizona Burn Center, 2601 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85254, mpeck47@hotmail.com
  • 2 World Health Organization, Avenue Appia 20, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland, meddingsd@who.int
  • 3 Emory Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, hxfalk@gmail.com

WHO has launched the Global Burn Registry (GBR)—the first global platform for standardized data collection from burn victims. WHO and a global network of experts developed this simple data collection tool following extensive pilot testing which took place in 60 health facilities across 30 countries. The GBR will provide health facilities with a clear picture of the factors most likely to contribute to burns and the populations at greatest risk in their settings, with a view to prioritizing prevention programs.

The GBR is based on an easy-to-use data collection form that takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Data can be accessed and exported through the online registry interface maintained by WHO. The data collection form, as well as the online interface, are available in English, French and Spanish.

The online interface allows users to view data from their health facility as well as all other participating health facilities. Data from the GBR (which are stripped of reference to information which allows identification of individual patients) are publicly available, and can be accessed and exported for further analysis by researchers and policy- makers, among others. The online platform also provides extensive data visualization and filtering capabilities.

The GBR can be accessed at http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/burns/gbr/en/.