Routinely collected information from hospitals and health facilities can be used to understand the burden of ill health in communities, the demand placed on health services and the resources required to run the health facilities. The Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) was introduced in Nepal in 1993/94. This system compiles data on health service use for family health, disease control and treatment servicesat the district level, andthese are sent to the Department of Health Services in Kathmandu every month. These data are collated into an annual report published by the Department of Health Services. There has never been a specific analysis of injury data held in the HMIS system. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyse the routinely collected data on inpatients and outpatients who have sustained injuries and presented for care. This will enable us to better understand the epidemiology of injuries in Nepal, and to identify if it is possible to strengthen this system of collecting routine data on injuries.
National-level data will be taken from 8 years of published reports from the Department of Health Services website. Following conversion into spreadsheets suitable for analysis, the data will be explored to describe who is getting injured and how those injuries are happening, and whether any population groups are vulnerable to certain types of injuries. If feasible, data will be analysed using geographical information systems (GIS) to illustrate the distribution of injuries across the country.