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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Risk Factor for Poor Work Outcomes in Survivors of Road Trauma

  • Lynda R. Matthews (a1), Darien L. Chinnery (a1), Alex Blaszczynski (a1), Derrik Silove (a2) and Ken Hillman (a3)...


Risk factors associated with post-injury return to work are well documented. Less is known of the impact of PTSD on work outcomes. Information on worker and accident risk factors was obtained by survey, hospital records and personal interview with 40 road trauma survivors two years post-accident: Results suggest that while PTSD was an independent risk factor for negative work outcomes, PTSD also significantly contributed to the overall adverse impact of anxiety, depression and pain on work outcomes. The lack of improvement in work outcomes between from 12 weeks post-accident for those with PTSD indicated that early vocational interventions are critical for this population.


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