Recommendation ID

Audit:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of collecting long-term outcomes in a national trauma audit system?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- The UK has a national audit of trauma services in place for adults (Trauma Audit Research Network [TARN]) and entry to this audit is linked to best practice tariff for major trauma centres. An equivalent audit, TARNlet, has been developed for children (under 16s). Data are collected on clinical observations, timing and staffing in the acute phase in patients who are treated at a major trauma centre. Data on longer-term outcomes, for example return to normal activities, after the acute phase are not collected, despite acknowledgement that outcomes are important to monitor the effectiveness of interventions.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Major trauma: service delivery
Date issued
February 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 29/02/2016