Journal:Journal of Burn Care And Research (formerly Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation)
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):18, 39, 2, 201-208
Study examined the data dictionaries of six burn databases in the United States to ascertain the extent of common data collected. This was assessed from a quantitative and qualitative perspective. Thirty-two demographic and clinical data elements were examined. The number of databases that collect each data element was calculated. The data values for each data element were compared across the six databases for common terminology. Finally, the data prompts of the data elements were examined for common language and structure. Results indicated that five (16 percent) of the 32 data elements are collected by all six burn databases; additionally, five data elements are present in only one database. Furthermore, there are considerable variations in data values and prompts used among the burn databases. Only one of the 32 data elements (age) contains the same data values across all databases. The burn databases examined show minimal evidence of common data. Findings suggest that there is a need to develop common data elements and standardized coding to enhance interoperability of burn databases.