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Accession Number PB2013-104885
Title Defense Health: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Combat Casualty Care Research Achieves Goals.
Publication Date Feb 2013
Media Count 30p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract DOD estimates that about 24 percent of servicemembers who die in combat could have survived if improved and more timely medical care could be made available. Because multiple DOD organizations conduct research to develop medical products and processes to improve combat casualty care, it is critical that these organizations coordinate their work. It is also important that agencies monitor and assess their performance to help achieve organizational goals, which for DOD include addressing gaps in its capability to provide combat casualty care. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 directed GAO to review DODs combat casualty care research and development programs. This report assesses whether DOD (1) uses a coordinated approach to plan this research; and (2) monitors and assesses this research to determine the extent to which it fills capability gaps and achieves other goals. GAO reviewed DODs policies and documentation; interviewed officials from DOD and other federal agencies; and analyzed metrics DOD used to gauge the progress of its research.
Keywords Army Medical Research and Materiel Command(MRMC)
Biomedical research
Combat casualty

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1311
Contract Number N/A

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