Trauma Systems/Public Health
Over the past several years, the VGH Trauma Research Program has been successful in securing over $1 million in peer reviewed research funding. These grants have been from agencies such as the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (Team Grant), the Canadian Institute for Health Research (Team Start Up, Meeting Planning Dissemination, Partnership for Health Systems Improvement), Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and Grand Challenges Canada (Rising Stars Program). These grants have supported original research on trauma systems and public health in BC and around the world.
A substantial part of our research program has been dedicated to identifying and understanding the societal determinants that impact injury risk and access to trauma care. We have published extensively on injury risk in rural and remote areas in BC, and across Canada, as well as in local low-income neighbourhoods here in Vancouver collaborating with health geographers and epidemiologists to quantify the impact of income, ethnicity, and geography on injury risk trauma related health outcomes.
We have taken a global health perspective on injury surveillance and injury control in an exciting research program that involves real time, electronic injury surveillance for low resource trauma settings. In recent years, investigators from our group have begun to examine our research structure and evaluation framework within the constructs of a true, high functioning provincial trauma system.
Research projects in trauma systems and public health currently underway include:
- The Electronic Trauma Health Record (eTHR)
- Collaborations in Ethiopia and with the Mexican Red Cross and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Trauma Systems Paper
- Trauma Transfers