The nation’s leading trauma surgical societies and organizations formed the Coalition for National Trauma Research (CNTR) in 2014 to focus attention on a significant public health problem. CNTR argues that 50 years of funding shortfalls for injury-related research have been deadly and costly, resulting in a yearly burden of traumatic injury that is unacceptable:
- 192,000 deaths
- $671 billion in healthcare and lost productivity
- #1 cause of death from age 1 to 46
- 30% of all life years lost
CNTR members include the country’s premier trauma surgical societies–the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Western Trauma Association–which have a rich history in research related to injury prevention and treatment. In addition, the ACS Committee on Trauma develops trauma center best practices through the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP), and the National Trauma Institute has generated and/or managed nearly $60 million in sponsored trauma research in the past 10 years.
Engaging in advocacy work at the congressional and national agency level, this broad coalition is making progress on its agenda to achieve consistent and significant federal funding for trauma research, build trauma research infrastructure and develop a centralized research agenda to prioritize work in the discipline.