Biopsychosocial barriers affecting recovery after a minor transport-related injury: A qualitative study from Victoria

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Objective: The aim of the study was to understand the recovery phenomena and to explore participants' perspectives on the biopsychosocial facilitators and barriers affecting their recovery after a minor transport injury. Methods: A qualitative method was used involving semi-structured interviews with 23 participants who sustained a minor transport injury. Interviews and analysis were guided by the biopsychosocial model (BPS) of health. The outcomes were themes capturing biopsychosocial barriers to, and personal experiences of, recovery using a previously defined framework. Results: The themes indicate that recovery is a multifaceted phenomenon affected by comorbidities such as chronic pain, depression and anxiety. A range of subsequent complexities such as the inability to self-care and undertaking daily domestic duties, and incapacity to participate in recreational activities were major barriers to recovery. These barriers were found to be an on-going source of frustration, dissatisfaction and a perceived cause of depressive symptomatology in many participants. Most participants reported mixed feelings of the care received. Other common issues raised included a lack of understanding of the assessment time, regular follow-up, guidance and on-going support. Conclusion: This study revealed that recovery after a minor transport-related injury was a challenging, complex, demanding and a long-term process for the individuals in this study. Findings from this limited cohort suggested that, for participants to return to their pre-accident health status, a more coordinated approach to information and care delivery may be required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1012
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Expectations
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • compensation
  • injuries
  • recovery
  • rehabilitation
  • transport accidents
  • trauma

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