Care of the injured worldwide: trauma still the neglected disease of modern society

Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2012 Sep 15:20:64. doi: 10.1186/1757-7241-20-64.


Traditionally, surgical diseases including emergency and injury care have garnered less attention and support internationally when compared to other medical specialties. Over the past decade however, healthcare professionals have increasingly advocated for the need to address the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Surgical disease, including traumatic injury, is among the top causes of death and disability worldwide and the subsequent economic burden is substantial, falling disproportionately on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The future of global health in these regions depends on a redirection of attention to diseases managed within surgical, anesthesia and emergency specialties. Increasing awareness of these disparities, as well as increasing focus in the realms of policy and advocacy, is crucial. While the barriers to providing quality trauma and emergency care worldwide are not insurmountable, we must work together across disciplines and across boundaries in order to negotiate change and reduce the global burden of surgical disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries
  • Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Emergency Medical Services / economics
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Emergency Medical Services / supply & distribution*
  • Global Health*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Neglected Diseases
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / economics
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / statistics & numerical data*
  • Wounds and Injuries / economics
  • Wounds and Injuries / surgery*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy