CDC Acute Injury Care Research Agenda: Guiding Research for the Future
In 2003, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control—CDC’s Injury Center—identified gaps in the area of acute injury care and updated the CDC Injury Research Agenda (2002) [PDF - 167 KB] to clearly state CDC’s highest priorities for acute care research. That same year, the Injury Center began to update its Research Agenda by focusing on research that will ultimately make a difference in improving acute injury care systems and the care individuals receive when they are injured. After a two-year process of engaging injury care and public health experts, the revised Acute Injury Care Research Agenda was released at the National Injury Prevention and Control Conference in Denver on May 11, 2005.
Caring for the acutely injured is a public health issue. It encompasses pre-hospital care through the provision of land- or air-based emergency medical services; emergency department assessment, treatment, and stabilization of injured patients; and in-hospital care for the surgical and medical management of acute injuries among all age groups.
Implementing this Agenda will be a challenge, but improved infrastructure among our nation’s trauma systems is vital to public health. This Agenda identifies priorities and will help guide research efforts to prevent needless deaths, lessen adverse health effects from injuries, and potentially reduce the cost of medical care to the injured. The Agenda is also intended as a reference for policy makers, educators, service providers and others interested in learning more about the impact of acute injury care.
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