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Research Letter
August 5, 2020

Trauma as an Entry Point to the Health Care System

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • 2Clinical Investigation Facility, David Grant Air Force Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California
  • 3University of California School of Medicine, Davis, Sacramento
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(10):982-984. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2178

Patients with injuries are at risk for long-term adverse medical, psychiatric, and social effects of their trauma.1,2 They are also frequently uninsured3 and have preexisting psychiatric illness.4 Yet, the prevalence of undiagnosed/unmanaged chronic medical and psychiatric conditions in hospitalized patients with injuries is unknown. This study seeks to determine this prevalence and risk factors to serve as a foundation for improving access to primary care for trauma patients.

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