Journal article

Functional measures at discharge - Are they useful predictors of longer term outcomes for trauma registries?

Belinda J Gabbe, Pam M Simpson, Ann M Sutherland, Owen D Williamson, Rodney Judson, Thomas Kossmann, Peter A Cameron

ANNALS OF SURGERY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Trauma registries are integral to trauma systems, but reliance on mortality as the primary outcome measure remains a limitation. Some registries have included measures of discharge function, usually the modified Functional Independence Measure (FIM) or the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), with the potential benefit being the ability to identify patients at risk for poor outcome. This study investigates the ability of these measures to predict longer term outcomes. METHODS: Two hundred forty-three blunt major trauma patients participated. Data were captured from the trauma registry and discharge function was assessed using the modified FIM, FIM, and GOS. At 6 months postinjury, the GOS..

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