Quality of Life following Injuries | ISAC

Collaboration between ISAC members and colleagues from other divisions of the Department of Global Public Health, KI and the Swedish Transport Agency.

In many high income countries the improvement of trauma care has led to a higher survival rate following injury, with an increasing need for both physical and psychological rehabilitation. Whilst the physical impact of injuries are well known the effect of the injury on the individual’s perception of their working capacity, social relationships and financial situation is not as well understood. By focusing on the individual’s self-reported health it is possible to get a broader picture of the impact of the injury on people’s lives.

This research project addresses the short- and long term self-perceived health consequences of injuries. Its overarching aim is to deepen the knowledge about the psychosocial consequences of injury, more specifically in term of Quality of Life (QOL). QoL is a multidimensional construct that considers the “individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture value system in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns”.

On a long-term scale the knowledge gained from this project will contribute to a deeper understanding of the psychosocial consequences following trauma for various types of injury and allows us to identify the need for and optimize the psychological rehabilitation for those affected by injury.