The GOAL-Trauma Study

The GOAL-Trauma Study: Global Outcomes After Laparotomy for Trauma

An observational study assessing the global variation in patient characteristics, management, and outcomes in those undergoing trauma laparotomy

Trauma accounts for nearly 10% of all global deaths and the trauma laparotomy is the most commonly performed operation for abdominal trauma worldwide. 

Mortality rates following a trauma laparotomy are often substantial, however the standard and variation in care occurring globally for patients undergoing a trauma laparotomy remain relatively unknown.

The GOAL-Trauma study will provide a global snapshot of the current mortality rates following trauma laparotomy and insight into the variation seen in the time delays in receiving care, disease and patient factors, and overall patient outcomes

Key Documents for Collaborators

Study Protocol

The full GOAL-Trauma Study Protocol
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Collaborator Guide

All the information you need as a Collaborator
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Data Collection Form

A useful tool to help collect data at your site
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Protocol Summary

A 1 page summary of GOAL-Trauma
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Study Aims

Describe the global 30-day post-operative mortality rates for patients undergoing trauma laparotomy

Describe the global patient, injury, and surgical factors for patients undergoing trauma laparotomy

Determine the global pre-, peri-, and post-operative care process for patients undergoing trauma laparotomy

Inclusion Criteria

Any patient of any age who presents to hospital with a blunt or penetrating injury and undergo a trauma laparotomy within 5 days of presentation to the treating centre

Any hospital worldwide that performs emergency trauma surgery can participate – a minimum of 1 case must be submitted by the centre during the 30 day study period to be eligible for authorship


Data Collection

All patients within each 30-day data collection period must be included

Each can have multiple data collection periods at each hospital, with patients followed up for 30 days post-operatively (or until discharge)

All collected data will be uploaded onto the secure online data collection form, REDCap


GOAL-Trauma Advisory Team

The GOAL-Trauma Advisory Team are a group of surgeons, anaesthetists, and emergency medicine doctors from across the globe, who have vast experience in the management of trauma patients, from injury through to rehabilitation

The study protocol has been developed based on their experience of dealing with trauma patients and knowledge within trauma academia