The first Investigators’ Meeting for INORMUS China was held in Beijing on September 10th. The Investigators’ Meeting discussed successful strategies, authorship policies, study implementation procedures, project management and possible sub studies. Investigators from 13 hospitals from 11 provinces and municipalities attended the meeting and will participate in this study. 10,000 patients are expected to be recruited in China. The meeting was successful and was considered valuable by all those who attended.
INORMUS is a global, multi-center, prospective, observational study that will recruit 40,000 patients to better understand the global burden of fractures in the developing world and lead to better, more affordable care for people across Asia and in other low income countries worldwide. The study is funded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and McMaster Surgical Associates. The INORMUS study is led by Dr. Mohit Bhandari, Dr. PJ Devereaux, and Dr. Rebecca Ivers.
Professor Rebecca Ivers, Director of the Injury Division at The George Institute, and one of the Principal Investigator of the study, pointed out that despite the magnitude of this problem, the burden of musculoskeletal injuries remained unknown in low-middle income countries (LMICs). “In contrast to the declining rates of injury seen in high income countries, LMICs are experiencing an increase in injury rates because of their rapid motorisation and booming economies. China, like many other developing countries across Asia, is facing a big challenge. Factors such as the dramatically growing number of motorcycles and electric bikes increase the risks of trauma which will significantly impact on the population’s health.” said Professor Ivers at the meeting.
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