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One year following injury, pain and physical factors affect the likelihood of residual disability, but psychiatric symptoms may have a greater influence
  1. Sarah Derrett
  1. School of Health and Social Services, College of Health, Massey University, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to : Associate Professor Sarah Derrett, School of Health and Social Services, College of Health, Massey University, Private Bag 11–222, Palmerston North, Manawatu 4442, New Zealand; s.l.derrett{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Disability among participants hospitalised for injury is prevalent 12 months after injury.

  • Opportunities exist for research into improved screening for pain and psychiatric symptoms among injured patients, and also to test interventions for their capacity to inform policy and improve disability outcomes.


Internationally, there is increasing interest in understanding disability following injury.1 ,2 Much research has been concentrated on physical rather than mental disability outcomes. O’Donnell and colleagues aimed to document the level of disability experienced 12 months after an injury that resulted in hospitalisation for a …

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