Health resource utilisation costs in acute patients with persistent midline cervical tenderness following road trauma
Helen M Ackland, Rory Wolfe, Peter A Cameron, D James Cooper, Gregory M Malham, Dinesh K Varma, Gregory J Fitt, Jeffrey V Rosenfeld, Susan M Liew
INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012
INTRODUCTION: The costs associated with patients discharged with isolated clinician-elicited persistent midline tenderness and negative computed tomography (CT) findings have not been reported. Our aim was to determine the association of acute and post-acute patient and injury characteristics with health resource costs in such patients following road trauma. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, road trauma patients presenting with isolated persistent midline cervical tenderness and negative CT, who underwent additional acute imaging with MRI, were recruited. Patients were reviewed in the outpatient spine clinic following discharge, and were followed up at 6 and 12 months post-trauma. Mult..View full abstract
Awarded by Transport Accident Commission, Victoria, Australia
Funded by the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria, Australia (Grant no. NV16).The authors are indebted to the Transport Accident Commission for project funding support, and we gratefully acknowledge the assistance of David Attwood and Simone Boer of the Claims Research Department of the Transport Accident Commission for assistance with patient cost data retrieval. The Transport Accident Commission had no other involvement in the study.