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Advocacy

One of NTI’s primary missions is to raise awareness about the extraordinary toll of traumatic injury in our society and the lack of federal resources to mitigate its effects. We visit with members of Congress annually to educate and to request specific appropriations for trauma research programs. Over the past 50 years, federal agencies have issued reports decrying inadequate research investment and the resulting lagging advancement in outcomes for those suffering traumatic injuries.

Timeline of Assessments Relevant to Civilian Trauma Research

1966
Accidental Death and Disability

National Research Council
“Research in trauma has suffered from the lack of recognition of trauma as a major public health problem.”
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1985
Injury in America

National Research Council
“Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults…yet they receive scant attention, compared with diseases and other hazards.”
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1999
Reducing the Burden of Injury

Institute of Medicine
“The nation’s current investment in injury research is not commensurate with the magnitude of the problem.”
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2007
Hospital-Based Emergency Care at the Breaking Point

Institute of Medicine
“The state of emergency care affects every American.”
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2010
An Urgent Call to Action in Support of Injury Control Research Centers

American Journal of Preventative Medicine
“No other ‘plague’ of this magnitude is tolerated in modern society.”
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2016
National Trauma Care System

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
“The lack of formal, funded mechanisms for coordination, communication, and translation in trauma care has…contributed…to suboptimal outcomes for injured patients in the United States.”
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Sources: IOM, 1999, 2007b; NHTSA, 2004; NIH, 1994; NRC, 1966; NRC and IOM, 1985