The association of compensation on longer term health status for people with musculoskeletal injuries following road traffic crashes: Emergency department inception cohort study

Susannah Littleton, Ian D Cameron, Stephanie Jane Poustie, David C Hughes, Brian J Robinson, Terry Neeman, Peter N Smith

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Objective: To compare the health status of people claiming compensation for injuries sustained in road traffic crashes (RTC), with people who do not claim compensation. Design: Prospective cohort study. Setting: Australian Capital Territory, Australia and a fault based common law compensation scheme. Subjects: People presenting to the emergency department with mild to moderate musculoskeletal injury following RTC. Main outcome measures: Physical Component Score (PCS) and Mental Component Score (MCS) of the Short Form 36 (SF-36) health status measure, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Functional Rating Index (FRI). These measures are recorded immediately post crash, at 6 and 12 months post crash
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927 - 933
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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