CENTER-TBI is an international research project hoping to identify best practices related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) worldwide, by examining a range of practices across 21 countries. OzEnteris Australia's contribution to this research.
The CENTER-TBI project uses a research method called comparative effectiveness research.
This will involve a comparison of the benefits and disadvantages of the varying methods used to prevent, diagnose and treat TBIaround the world.
Australia will provide data to this project through OzENTER– a research program funded by ISCRR and the National Health and Medical Research Centre.
OzENTER will coordinate the collection of data (including clinical course, injury details, treatment, outcome and healthcare costs) ofTBI patients over four-week "snapshot" periods at the Alfred Hospital and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).
The RMH component of the data collection has been funded byISCRR and will be led by Professor Jamie Cooper from Monash's Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine.
By participating in this study, Australian researchers willnot only be contributing to international research, but also gaining access to global expertise and databases.
Meanwhile, this collated knowledge will help to improve the classification and treatment of TBI both in Australia and overseas.
This research project is currently ongoing. Watch this space forupdates.