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2015-1 Trauma Research

Traumatic injury affects over 37 million people every year in the United States. In addition, it remains the leading cause of death and disability for Americans age one through forty four, creating a dramatic economic burden. Trauma is a disease, just like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes—there is a physiology, treatment algorithm, rehabilitation, and prevention strategy. As with other diseases, research funding is critical to decrease morbidity and mortality associated with traumatic injury.


Research has been shown to improve morbidity and mortality for many common diseases—the same is required to improve morbidity and mortality as a result of traumatic injury. (CDC MMWR, 2014)) Continued research is necessary to advance the knowledge of injury in areas such as shock, resuscitation, brain injury, organ failure, and rehabilitation.


An annual 5% reduction of trauma deaths and injuries save 9,000 lives and reduce national healthcare costs by $20 billion.  In spite of this awareness, insufficient appropriation for trauma funding continues. 


The American Trauma Society believes:

  1. Appropriated federal funding is necessary for traumatic injury research to support advances in clinical care and aid in the development of integrated trauma systems
  2. As with other disease categories, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and heart disease in which ongoing research support has reduced mortality, dedicated research support will reduce trauma mortality 
  3. Multicenter collaboration to advance the trauma knowledge base in the field of injury care should be encouraged and supported
  4. Funding is needed for a mechanism to create a national trauma databank which provides compilation and analysis of larger data sets than are currently available to individual researchers 


  1. CNTR One Pager." Coalition for National Trauma Research. 1 Aug. 2015. Web. 1 Sept. 2015. .
  2. Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. Chicago, Ill: American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma, 1990. Print.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). CDC National Health Report: Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality and Associated Behavioral Risk and Protective Factors – United States, 2005 – 2013.  October 31, 2014 / 63(04);3-27
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