High levels of pain and mental health problems after transport-related major trauma

Takeaway

  • In this population-based registry study, more than half of patients report worsening or persistent pain or anxiety and depression after transport-related injury.

Why this matters

  • Many people develop chronic disabling pain or secondary mental health conditions after major trauma and orthopedic surgery.

  • Pain and mental health conditions result in poorer quality of life, longer durations of work disability, higher health care use and more costly compensation claims