Incidence and outcomes of major trauma in New Zealand: findings from a feasibility study of New Zealand's first national trauma registry

Karol J. Czuba, Paula Kersten, David Anstiss, Nicola M. Kayes, Belinda J. Gabbe, Ian Civil, Bridget Kool, Gareth Terry, Greta A. Smith, Mahesweran Rohan, Alain C. Vandal, Richard J. Siegert

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AIMS: The aim of the study was to pilot the feasibility of long-term outcomes data collection from adult major trauma survivors in New Zealand. This initial paper aims to characterise the New Zealand major trauma population in terms of long-term disability and functional outcomes after major trauma. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of adults who had survived major trauma was conducted between June 2015 and December 2016 at two major trauma centres in Auckland. RESULTS: Of 256 trauma referrals, 112 (44%) were confirmed eligible and consented. One hundred completed the survey at six months and 83 at 12 months. A majority of the study sample were male (72%), under 65 years (84%), with a disproportionally higher number of Māori in the sample (23%). At six months post-injury, the majority of participants were categorised as experiencing either moderate disability (37%) or good recovery (42%). Half of the participants experienced moderate pain at both 6 and 12 months post-injury (50% and 52% respectively), and problems with their usual activities at six months post-injury (51%). CONCLUSIONS: Most study participants made a good recovery, but there was still a large group of people experiencing disability, pain and not in paid employment at 12 months post-injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-40
Number of pages15
JournalNew Zealand Medical Journal
Issue number1494
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2019

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