MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jeffrey Howard, PhD
Department of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78249
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: There is a saying that “the only winner in war is medicine”, which is the first sentence in the article. The point of that quote is that many medical advances over the last 500 years or more have been learned or propagated as a result of war.
With that as the backdrop, the purpose of our study was to provide a more comprehensive assessment of the trauma system than previous work. We accomplished this by compiling the most complete data to-date on the conflicts, using data from both Afghanistan and Iraq, and analyzing multiple interventions/policy changes simultaneously rather than in isolation. Previous work had focused primarily on single interventions and within more narrow timeframes. We wanted to expand the scope to include multiple interventions and encompass the entirety of the conflicts through the end of 2017. Continue reading