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Md Med J. 1989 Mar;38(3):227-33.

Methodologic approach for a large functional trauma registry.


The utility of a clinical trauma registry (TR) is directly related to the constituents of the data base and to the accuracy of the data, which is contingent on a carefully constructed data collection system. A TR was developed by traumatologists at a busy Level I trauma facility that predominantly receives patients having incurred blunt injury. Four dedicated data collectors gather the AP information within 24 to 48 hours after admission, with prompt Attending Surgical review for verification. Examples of data output prove this is a functional system. Using a careful methodologic approach for design and implementation, clinicians can create a large, functional trauma registry with many potential applications.

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