In order for our trauma care system to deliver optimal outcomes, we must proactively engage with patients, families and communities in trauma care, systems and research. Trauma research, in particular, can be enhanced by taking a patient-centered approach to research topic generation, study design and outcome measurement. We invite civilian and military trauma survivors to participate on our active committees and in the development of research studies. We also encourage trauma survivors to advocate with us for improvements in patient outcomes and federal funding for trauma research.
“The scope of trauma’s impact is vast. Its immediate physical and psycho-social effects influence a patient’s functional outcomes and quality of life for years to come.”
(NASEM Report: A National Trauma Care System)
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