Current Research

Adults' Adjustment to Injury Following Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Injury Research Centre (CONROD) at the University of Queensland is currently undertaking a research project examining the role that mental health and other factors play in determining outcomes for physical injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents.

This research aims to investigate factors that can modify the course of recovery for people after sustaining an injury from a motor vehicle accident. Specifically, the study examines factors such as physical and functional level, pain, mental health, adjustment to injury, social support, and general quality of life.

The participants of this study are adults who have been injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident and who are Compulsory Third Party (CTP) claimants. Information is gathered from these participants via questionnaires and phone interviews, which are completed in the participants home, at three time points; 2-3 months after the accident, 12 months after the accident and 2 years after the accident.

The information gained from this study will be used to help determine what kind of assistance is the most effective in the rehabilitation of those who sustain injuries from motor vehicle accidents. The research also aims to develop information that will assist early identification of people who may require accelerated CTP settlement, and/or specialised attention or treatment. This early identification and treatment will be of great benefit to people involved in motor vehicle accidents who are at risk of developing psychological problems as it will help to improve their overall health and reduce associated health care costs.

This research has been commissioned by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC).

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