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Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ta.0000174769.80839.12
Session 4

Are We the Problem? Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Intervention Programs

Hoyt, David B. MD, FACS

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Alcohol-related injuries comprise a large percentage of injuries in the United States. As the impact of these injuries on society increases, a well-functioning trauma system becomes increasingly important. During the last decade, evidence-based guidelines to reduce alcohol-related injuries have emerged. Further, evidence supports the effectiveness of brief intervention programs to reduce alcohol-related injuries and demonstrates that trauma centers can improve patient outcomes by integrating them into care. Although many obstacles have inhibited progress and made implementing preventive interventions a difficult task, economic constraints are among the biggest challenges to implementing intervention programs as part of routine trauma care.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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