Understanding the barriers and facilitators to trauma registry development in resource-constrained settings: A survey of trauma registry stewards and researchers

Injury. 2021 Aug;52(8):2215-2224. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2021.03.034. Epub 2021 Mar 30.


Background: The implementation of trauma registries has proven a highly effective means of injury control. However, many low and middle-income countries lack trauma registries. Those that have trauma registries vary widely in terms of both implementation and structure. We sought to identify the most common barriers that stand in the way of sustainable trauma registry implementation, and the types of strategies that have proven successful in overcoming these barriers.

Methods: We conducted a questionnaire of trauma registry stewards and researchers in LMICs.

Results: Twenty-two individuals responded to the questionnaire representing trauma registry experiences across thirteen LMICs. The most common barriers to trauma registry implementation identified included staffing, funding, and stakeholder engagement. Many different strategies for addressing these barriers were discussed. Those mentioned by multiple respondents included the need for a trauma registry champion, fostering strong stakeholder relationships, and improving efficiency of data collection.

Conclusions: Though trauma registry implementation and structure may differ from place to place, there are many shared barriers and facilitators that can be learned from. Identifying these common experiences can help create a repository of knowledge that can better serve those looking to implement their own trauma registries in similar settings.

Keywords: Injury control; Questionnaire; Trauma registries; Trauma systems.

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries*
  • Humans
  • Income*
  • Registries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires