Trauma Surgeons Advocate for a National Trauma Research Action Plan
February 6, 2018–Today more than two dozen trauma surgeons, trauma program managers and trauma survivors meet with their members of Congress in Washington to raise awareness about the need for a National Trauma Research Action Plan (NTRAP).
In its 2016 report on a national trauma care system, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued 11 recommendations for improvements in the system in order to achieve zero preventable deaths and disabilities. CNTR’s proposal is for a systematic process that involves trauma researchers along the entire continuum of care–and in both the civilian and military sectors–to arrive at a national agenda to tackle the highest research priorities with the greatest promise to save lives and limit disability.
CNTR seeks funding within the Department of Defense Health Programs budget to achieve this end. A National Trauma Research Action Plan would involve performing a gap analysis of military and civilian trauma research; defining optimal metrics to assess long-term outcomes for patients followi
ng discharge; identifying current federal funding for trauma research; and identifying regulatory barriers to conducting trauma research, recommending best practices and appropriate funding levels to address critical gaps.
CNTR advocates requested $9.2 million to complete the NTRAP as well as to provide for initial research projects, as identified through the plan. They’ll be tracking the progress of their request throughout the FY19 Appropriations process.