CNTR Goes to Washington: 174 Meetings, 33 Advocates, 1 Message
In February 2018, CNTR advocates–including trauma surgeons, trauma program managers and trauma survivors–met with members of their states’ Congressional delegations to request funding for a National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP).
As recommended in the 2016 Report on a National Trauma Care System from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), an NTRAP will prioritize and coalesce research topics that span military and civilian realms of medicine.
Seen as a first step toward achieving Zero Preventable Deaths and Disability in the U.S., the NTRAP will bring together trauma professionals across the continuum of care and within the multiple disciplines that touch trauma, from orthopedics to neurology to burns to pediatrics, geriatrics and more. They’ll perform a gap analysis through a systematic Delphi process, define optimal metrics to assess long-term outcomes, identify current federal funding sources and regulatory barriers, and create a path forward.
CNTR: POWERING RESEARCH TO SAVE LIVES
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.