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Trauma research in low- and middle-income countries is urgently needed to strengthen the chain of survival

Torben Wisborg12*, Thapelo R Montshiwa3 and Charles Mock4

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Acute Care, Hammerfest Hospital, Hammerfest, Norway

2 Anaesthesia and Critical Care Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

3 Orthopedics, Faculty of Health Sciences- School of Medicine, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

4 Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2011, 19:62  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-19-62

Published: 24 October 2011


Trauma is a major - and increasing - cause of death, especially in low- and middle income countries. In all countries rural areas are especially hard hit, and the distribution of physicians is skewed towards cities. To reduce avoidable deaths from injury all links in the chain of survival after trauma needs strengthening. Prioritizing in each country should be done by local researchers, but little research on injuries emerges from low- and middle income countries. Researchers in these countries need support and collaboration from their peers in industrialized countries. This partnership will be of mutual benefice.