Global Repository for Injury Data GRID
A total of 6 million people die from injuries each year worldwide. Additionally, 650 million individuals live with injury related disabilities. The burden of injuries is higher in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) compared to high income countries. However, data management mechanisms, skilled health care providers, and medical technologies are limited. Data availability and access are necessary for understanding the epidemiology of injuries in LMICs, without which implementation of appropriate interventions becomes illusive. This project seeks to establish a repository of injury data from 5 different institutions in five different countries viz; Armenia, Brazil, Egypt, Pakistan, and Tanzania. We perceive this as a first step towards creating a repository that contains injury data from all, if not a majority of LMICs. First, we will identify discrepancies in injury data collection tools across the five participating institutions. Then we will develop guidelines for harmonizing the dictionaries given the discrepancies. Finally, we will set up a harmonized and curated repository. This will be done following the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) principles.
By the end of this project, we would have set a template for injury data harmonization. This will serve as a springboard for the harmonization of injury data from all LMICs and subsequent establishment of a global repository of injury data.
Start Date: 2019
Grant: NIH Fogarty R21 Supplemental award
Injury, Disability, Transition of Care