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Although trauma remains a significant contributor to the global burden of disease, trauma research remains uncoordinated and often of low quality. Research efforts aiming to improve trauma care are drastically underfunded and global research strategies to address core challenges are missing. The responsibility for this state lies partially within the trauma academic community and efforts to coordinate research programs are called for. It was therefore very welcome that Professor Karim Brohi chaired a session dedicated to trauma research on the final day of the London trauma conference 2012. The session included speakers describing activity organized by UK research centres. A common theme was how the establishment of trauma networks offers new research opportunities.

 

The trauma system has the potential to facilitate robust epidemiological and public health research necessary for evidence-based system revisions. Further, formal trauma networks bridge the gap between clinical and basic science research. Pending clearly defined relationships, the trauma networks also facilitate cooperation with the medical industry to make quality improvement initiatives more effective. London is the world’s largest single trauma system and it provides opportunities for robust data collection from the scene of injury throughout rehabilitation. Such data may facilitate long-awaited high quality observational studies and randomized controlled trials on both primary and secondary preventive measures.

 

Contemporary trauma research is heavily influenced by the current conflict in Afghanistan. Increased military funding has enabled studies to be performed on many aspects of trauma care from pre-hospital interventions to rehabilitation several of which were described in this session. Although the populations differ with respect to age, gender and co-morbidities, some data collected from the battlefield are considered transferable to the civilian community. A feasibility study of using rotational throm boelastometry to assess coagulation status of combat casualties in a deployed setting provides an example of how military research brings science to the front line. Further, the high number of soldiers returning with lost limbs has initiated research programs into reconstructive challenges. As Western involvement in the Afghanistan conflict draws to an end, the destiny of military funded trauma research remains uncertain.

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Trauma remains a significant contributor to the global burden of disease, trauma research remains uncoordinated and often of low quality. Research efforts aiming to improve trauma care are drastically underfunded and global research strategies to address core challenges are missing.

 

Emergency Trauma Burn Injury
Head Injury Hip Fracture
Sports Injury Blunt Trauma
Shock Penetrating Trauma
Spine Fracture Poly Trauma
Physical Trauma Extremity Trauma
Psychological Trauma Chest Trauma

 

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