Trauma registries are key to improving trauma center performance and system outcomes. But is the underlying data reliable? Recently, investigators from several centers studied interhospital variability and accuracy in data coding and scoring by registrars. The results — published in the September issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery — suggest that there is widespread inaccuracy in trauma data sets.
The study was led by Sandra Strack-Arabian, CSTR, CAISS, trauma research and data quality manager at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Recently, Arabian explained the origin of this research study and talked about ways to improve trauma data.