A Prospective Study on Paediatric Traffic Injuries: Health-Related Quality of Life and Post-Traumatic Stress

This article reports on a study undertaken to examine children’s reports of their health-related quality of life (HRQoL) follow pediatric traffic injury. The study also explored child and parental post-traumatic stress and attempted to identify children and parents with adverse outcomes. The prospective cohort study involved assessments of 51 young (aged 8 to 15 years) traffic injury victims shortly after the injury, three months, and six months post-injury. The results showed that young traffic victims judge their short-term HRQoL rather positively with only temporary reductions in motor functioning and autonomy. At three months, 12% of the children and 16% of the parents reported serious post-traumatic stress symptoms. Increased stress at three months, or across follow-up, was observed among hospitalized children, children with head injuries, and children injured in a motor vehicle accident. Parental stress was related to low socioeconomic status and the seriousness of the child’s injury and accident (hospitalization, head injury, serious injury, motor vehicle involved, others injured).

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    • Sturms, Leontien M
    • Van der Sluis, Corry K
    • Stewart, Roy E
    • Groothoff, Johan W
    • Ten Duis, Henk Jan
    • Eisma, Willem H
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 312-322
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  • Accession Number: 01003950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2005 5:58AM