Health outcomes of adults 3 months after injury

Aitken, Leanne M., Davey, Tamzyn M., Ambrose, Jane, Connelly, Luke B., Swanson, Cheryl E., & Bellamy, Nicholas (2007) Health outcomes of adults 3 months after injury. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured, 38(1), pp. 19-26.

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Background: Injury is a leading cause of preventable mortality and morbidity in Australia and the world. Despite this there is little research examining the health related quality of life of adults following general trauma. Methods: A prospective cohort design was used to study adults who presented to hospital following injury. Data regarding injury and demographic details was collected through the routine operation of the Queensland Trauma Registry (QTR). In addition, the short form 36 (SF-36) was mailed to patients approximately 3 months following injury. Results: Participants included 339 injured patients who were hospitalised for ≥24 h in March-June 2003. A secondary group of 145 patients completed the SF-36, but did not have QTR data collected due to hospitalisation being <24 h. Both groups of participants reported significantly lower scores on all subscales of the SF-36 when compared to Australian norms. Conclusions: Health related quality of life of injured survivors is markedly reduced 3 months after injury. Ongoing treatment and support is necessary to improve these health outcomes.

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ID Code: 28075
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Tamzyn Davey is currently a post-graduate student at QUT (School of Psychology and Counselling, CARRS-Q).
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Keywords: health related quality of life, health outcomes, trauma
DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2006.05.020
ISSN: 0020-1383
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OTHER MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (119900)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2009 01:19
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 13:41

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