Collaboration between civilian and military healthcare professionals: a better way for planning, preparing, and responding to all hazard domestic events

Prehosp Disaster Med. 2010 Sep-Oct;25(5):399-412. doi: 10.1017/s1049023x00008451.


Collaboration is used by the US National Security Council as a means to integrate inter-federal government agencies during planning and execution of common goals towards unified, national security. The concept of collaboration has benefits in the healthcare system by building trust, sharing resources, and reducing costs. The current terrorist threats have made collaborative medical training between military and civilian agencies crucial. This review summarizes the long and rich history of collaboration between civilians and the military in various countries and provides support for the continuation and improvement of collaborative efforts. Through collaboration, advances in the treatment of injuries have been realized, deaths have been reduced, and significant strides in the betterment of the Emergency Medical System have been achieved. This review promotes collaborative medical training between military and civilian medical professionals and provides recommendations for the future based on medical collaboration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Networks*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Military Personnel*
  • United States