Journal article

Can children predict psychological recovery after injury?

Eva Alisic, Shaminka N Mangelsdorf, Elizabeth J Schilpzand, Anna Barrett, Markus A Landolt, Matthias R Mehl

ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

While children's voice is core to paediatric care, their own assessment of future psychological needs is underexplored. We conducted a prospective observational study among children hospitalised for injury in Melbourne, Australia. Their expectations of psychological recovery at baseline (in hospital) were significant and substantial predictors of their quality of life and post-traumatic stress 6 weeks later, suggesting potential diagnostic value.

Grants

Awarded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This project has been supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon Fellowship #446-11-021); the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (Early Career Fellowship #1090229); Monash University (Larkins program); the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship; and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis or interpretation of the data; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript and decision to submit the manuscript for publication. EA had full access to all data in the study and wrote the first draft of the manuscript.