The importance of tailoring physicians’ trauma care training needs in rural environments

The importance of tailoring physicians’ trauma care training needs in rural environments

Can J Surg 2015;58(5):423-425 | PDF | Appendix

Payam Tarighi, MD, PhD; Jill E. Sherman, MPH; Oxana Mian, MA; Avery B. Nathens, MD, PhD

Summary

Gaps in the provision of care exist in the initial evaluation and management of patients first cared for in the most rural settings. We designed a survey to explore what unmet educational needs might exist so as to improve the care of patients before transfer. Here we discuss opportunities for tailored training that will enhance learning capacity, narrow the trauma education gap and improve trauma care, particularly in rural environments.


This study was presented in part as a poster at the 73rd annual meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Sept. 10–13, 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Accepted for publication Apr. 13, 2015

Affiliations: From the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ont. (Tarighi, Nathens); the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ont. (Sherman, Mian); and the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. (Nathens).

Funding: Funding for this work was received from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A. Nathens is supported by the de Souza Chair in Trauma Research.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.002315

Correspondence to: P. Tarighi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, 2075 Bayview Ave., Rm K3W-27, Toronto ON., M4N 3M5; payam.tarighi@sunnybrook.ca