Study looks at accident trauma

HAVE you been involved in a motor vehicle accident? 

The University of Western Sydney is recruiting participants for a new study to help people involved in motor vehicle accidents overcome pain and psychological distress and get back on their feet.

According to study leader Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry from the UWS Centre for Health Research, many people involved in motor vehicle accidents are left traumatised and in pain but do not know what they can do to speed up recovery.

“More than half the people who report pain after a motor vehicle accident continue to report pain and disability six months after the accident,” Associate Professor Nicholson Perry said.

“What we want to do is develop new surveillance strategies online which allow those who are struggling with pain and stress after an accident to be detected earlier, and give them the help they need to make a full and quick recovery.”

NSW residents aged between 18 and 65 years, who have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in the past month, are urged to visit the study website to take part.

People taking part in the study will complete a questionnaire and may be offered an intervention to help address troublesome pain or stress symptoms.

For more information phone 0400 781 729. 


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