Call for Papers: Trauma Performance Improvement


Has your trauma program implemented a performance improvement initiative that could help improve care, safety or efficiency at other trauma centers? If so, you are invited to share your findings by submitting your work for publication in Trauma Performance Improvement.

Trauma Performance Improvement, a specialty channel of The Cureus Journal of Medical Science, covers all aspects of quality improvement in trauma care. Its mission is to provide trauma program leaders with a forum for reporting on efforts to (1) improve the safety, efficiency or effectiveness of care provided to injured patients and (2) increase the effectiveness of trauma performance improvement and patient safety (PIPS) programs.

Click here to download the Author Guidelines.

A forum dedicated to trauma PI

Trauma Performance Improvement will launch in Summer 2018. We are currently seeking papers on initiatives to:

  • Improve care coordination and timeliness
  • Reduce complication rates and prevent errors
  • Implement new practice management guidelines
  • Increase compliance with existing care protocols
  • Improve trauma data quality and use data more effectively
  • Adopt innovative tools for improving injury care
  • Improve trauma care at the state/regional system level
  • Strengthen the components of a trauma PIPS program
  • Sustain quality or performance gains over the long term
  • Resolve quality or safety problems identified during site surveys
  • Foster a culture of quality and safety within a trauma program

Our editorial board and peer review process

One of the main goals of Trauma Performance Improvement is to facilitate constructive feedback for trauma PI programs. The pre-publication peer review process is led by an editorial board of national leaders in trauma quality:

  • Marco Bonta, MD, MBA, FACS, Medical Director, Trauma Services, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Amy Brammer, MSN, RN, TNS, CEN, CAISS, CSTR, Trauma Program Director, Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
  • Cheryl Fowler Workman, MSN, RN, TCRN, CEN, Adult Trauma Coordinator, UNC Medical Center
  • Garrett Hall, BSN, RN, CSTR, CAISS, Trauma Registry Manager, Ben Taub Hospital
  • David Kashmer, MD, MBA, FACS, Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners
  • Michael McGonigal, MD, Director of Trauma Services, Regions Hospital
  • Sandra Strack Arabian MBA, NREMT, CSTR, CAISS, Trauma Program Manager, Tufts Medical Center
  • Glen Tinkoff, MD, FACS, FCCM, Division Chief of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center, and Chief of Trauma Systems, University Hospitals
  • Jeffrey Young, MDTrauma Center Director, University of Virginia Health System

The entire editorial board is passionate about trauma PI, and they are committed to providing a constructive peer review experience that adds substantial value to the PI process itself.

In addition to pre-publication review, Trauma Performance Improvement will also offer a unique online “post-publication review” that enables discussion by the entire trauma community.

Overall, the review process will ensure articles receive useful input from a wide range of professional peers, ultimately helping authors strengthen their program’s PI efforts.

Open access = no barriers

Trauma Performance Improvement is an independently run specialty channel of The Cureus Journal of Medical Science. All published articles are indexed in PubMed Central, PubMed and Google Scholar and are available online with no barriers to access.

There are no subscription fees under the open access publishing model. Instead, the author’s institution pays an Article Processing Charge (APC) to support publication costs. The APC model is key to making articles available to the widest audience possible.

The goal of Trauma Performance Improvement is to provide a forum that allows trauma leaders to share their efforts to improve trauma care.

To submit a paper for consideration or to find out more about Trauma Performance Improvement, click here to download the Author Guidelines.

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