The NTRR is a key piece of the national research infrastructure supporting the trauma research environment. Developed by the National Trauma Institute in partnership with the National Institutes of Health Center for Information Technology, Sapient Governmental Services and the Coalition for National Trauma Research, the NTRR will be a vast repository offering thousands of data points from hundreds of studies, which investigators can query for their own research.
With the NTRR, trauma researchers now have access to a unique and novel tool to conduct exploratory analyses of shared data sets, to create and implement a data sharing plan, to adopt common data elements (CDEs) for study data dictionaries, and to meet new medical journal data sharing requirements.
Research repositories provide a multitude of benefits, and the NTRR will
- Facilitate the publication of new research using existing data, expanding the return on investments made in clinical trials
- Enable replication of findings
- Minimize the need to recruit patients for research studies, as secondary analyses may answer more research questions than originally asked
- Minimize delays, duplications, inefficiencies and costs related to conducting disparate and uncoordinated research
- Speed knowledge translation, enhance the development of evidence-based trauma care practices
- Meet requirements for data sharing tendered by medical journals and funding sources
- Support transfer of research and knowledge between military and civilian researchers and care providers
- Support exploratory analyses to use in research grant applications
- Provide access to data that would otherwise be difficult and expensive to collect due to challenges in conducting research in emergency situations
The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 820 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office. This work was supported by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, through the Defense Medical Research and Development Program under Award No. W81XWH-15-2-0089. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Defense.