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Invited Commentary
December 18, 2019

Getting Our Money’s Worth From Clinical Care Studies of Prehospital Trauma Care

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  • 1Edward Hebert School of Medicine at The Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Surg. Published online December 18, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5086

Getting the most information in the most ethical manner from investments in medical research is a primary goal for all who manage this type of financial appropriation, whether at the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, or elsewhere. Clinical studies of prehospital trauma care, such as that published by Pusateri et al1 in this issue of JAMA Surgery, are particularly challenging (and expensive) because they require enrollment of patients with a waiver of informed consent and data that are difficult to collect and analyze. Several important features of the study by Pusateri et al1 should assure US taxpayers that, in this case, they got their money’s worth.

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