FORTE

Redefining Trauma Recovery

FORTE

Overview

Every year more than three million people are hospitalized from traumatic injuries in the U.S. While 96% of trauma patients survive, many suffer long-term consequences as a result of their injuries. Currently, there is no routine collection of long-term outcomes after injury in the U.S.

In an effort to understand what happens to trauma patients after discharge, and to improve their outcomes in the long-term, the Functional Outcomes and Recovery after Trauma Emergencies (FORTE) project was created in 2015. The FORTE project is a multi-institutional research collaboration that collects, analyzes, and interprets long-term patient-centered outcomes after traumatic injury in the U.S.

A Patient-Centered Approach

The FORTE team has developed a five-step approach to realize their goals:

•  Contact trauma survivors at 6- and 12-months post-injury to collect long-term outcomes

•  Merge patients’ interview data with institutional trauma registry data among other data sources to build a comprehensive long-term outcomes trauma registry

•  Design research studies aligned with priority areas

•  Analyze and interpret long-term trauma outcomes data

•  Disseminate knowledge through publications and presentations at the local, national, and international level

The Essentiality of Pursuing Long-Term Outcomes

Long-term outcomes data in trauma will affect care on multiple levels:

Individual: Improve patient-provider communications regarding expectations and recovery

Hospital: Define evidence-based patient-centered targets to improve quality of trauma care

Policy: Assist local and national policy in program design to support those with disability after injury

News & Research Highlights

FORTE receives grant to utilize smartphones to collect long-term outcomes data

FORTE receives grant to utilize smartphones to collect long-term outcomes data

January 5, 2021 The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation has awarded the FORTE study with an injury…

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