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Research collaboration to benefit health care for New Brunswickers

(Horizon) September 18, 2018 - In order to further understand the care New Brunswickers receive when they experience a traumatic injury, including their long term outcomes, the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) and the New Brunswick (NB) Trauma Program have collaborated with support from the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) to integrate trauma care data into NB-IRDT's data repository. Included in this dataset is pseudonymous health data that illustrates the management and care of major injuries across the province. Current research projects underway include an investigation of trauma mortality in New Brunswick and an examination of hip fracture care across the province. However, the possibilities for different research projects are broad, which will help ensure that patients are getting the best possible care for a traumatic injury, no matter where they live in New Brunswick.

With new possibilities that come with this data, researchers will be able to further enhance care for New Brunswickers who have been seriously or critically injured. It also enables the NB Trauma Program to comprehensively target injury prevention initiatives based on a complete picture of trauma in our province.

Not only does this provide an excellent example of research designed to benefit New Brunswickers, the collaboration is a great success in advancing New Brunswick's research profile as a whole. New Brunswick is becoming a powerhouse of innovative research, and NB-IRDT, the MSSU and the NB Trauma Program are proud to be a part of it.

The NB Trauma Program ensures comprehensive, high quality and coordinated trauma care, education, research and injury prevention throughout New Brunswick. This work is accomplished through a formalized partnership with the Government of New Brunswick Department of Health, Horizon Health Network, Vitalité Health Network and Ambulance New Brunswick.

The NB-IRDT is a research institute at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) on the Fredericton campus. The Institute carries out evidence-based research to provide government, academics, and researchers with reliable information to inform decisions that affect New Brunswickers.

The MSSU is a multidisciplinary research and facilitation unit dedicated to supporting patient-oriented research and health services decision-making in the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. New Brunswick's MSSU node is jointly funded by CIHR and NBHRF, and supports patient oriented health research through units in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. NB-IRDT provides the data platform for MSSU researchers to access New Brunswick administrative data.



Emely Poitras
Media Relations


Hilary Creamer-Robinson
Communications Officer
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