Global Survey of Demand-Side Factors and Incentives that Influence Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

Global Survey of Demand-Side Factors and Incentives that Influence Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: February 10th, 2022

Researchers from American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center worked with global stakeholders of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) to identify demand-side factors that influence its promulgation. Actionable recommendations included:

  1. Shift incentives from single course completion to maintenance of current verification given knowledge and skill decay within 3-4 years of completion,
  2. Adapt a toolkit of contextually appropriate best practices around the use of incentives for ATLS promulgation from existing continuing medical education authorities (e.g., Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, World Health Organization); and
  3. Engage leadership at the health system, hospital and training program levels to implement effective incentives that improve participant in ATLS (e.g., continuing medical education requirements, hiring or promotion criteria, facility accreditation checklists, specialty training programming).

This study was posted February 6, 2022 in the World Journal of Surgery.

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