Dr Michael Peck1, Dr David Meddings2, Dr Henry Falk3
1Arizona Burn Center, Phoenix, United States, 2World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 3Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, United States
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/.
Dr. Peck is an Associate Director of the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix. In addition he is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix, and Adjunct Professor in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Burn Association as one of the past presidents.