Background: Despite substantial improvements in trauma care, severe injuries often result in significant long-term consequences for otherwise young, healthy individuals. Providing patient-centered care and extensive psychosocial support services is difficult for trauma centers.
Methods: In collaboration with researchers and clinicians, the American Trauma Society has developed the Trauma Survivors Network, a program incorporating self-management, peer support, timely access to information, and online social networking.
Results: Individually, these components have been proven effective in improving outcomes and quality of life and are widely used in nontrauma settings. To date, 70 representatives from 30 trauma centers have participated in training sessions conducted by the American Trauma Society.
Conclusion: The Trauma Survivors Network provides a critical component of trauma care that can be adapted for local needs throughout the country. Implementation of these services is a necessary step in the development of comprehensive trauma systems that not only save lives but also reduce long-term disability among survivors.