Community Health Sciences; Emergency Medicine; Neurosurgery; School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
Background: Most of Road traffic injuries are predicted to be the third leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020 and patients end up into head injuries which leave devastating impacts on individual and society. Quality of Life After Brain Injury (QOLIBRI) is a specific tool that measures quality of life in head injury patients.
Methods: This was a cross sectional study among 300 patients aged 15-45 years, attended emergency department of the Aga khan University Hospital. Structured questionnaire included demography, injury details, QOLIBRI, GOSE and WHO Disability Assessment Scale (WHODAS 12 items). Severity of injury was determined by Glasgow coma score of subjects reported in emergency department on admission. This was one time telephonic survey in which bidirectional data was collected from subjects about injury and outcome (QOLIBRI). To identify the determinants of QOL among RTI survivors with head injury multiple linear regressions was applied.
Results: The mean QOL score for study sample was 69.86 ± (15.89. Most of the patients 210 (70%) were motorbike rider followed by four-wheelers 69 (23%). Mean age of RTI participants was 28.10 ± (7.68) years. The quality of life decreases with increase in severity of head injury by -697.32 (95% CI; -1006.44, -388.20).
Conclusions: This study suggests severity of head injury, recovery time, surgery resulting from RTA, employment, family system and disability to have long term impact on QOL of RTI survivors.
Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics
Abbasi, S. A.,
Ali, T. S.,
Khan, U. R.,
(2019). Quality of life of road traffic injury survivors aged 15-44 years suffered from moderate and severe head injuries in Karachi, Pakistan. Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics, 10(1), 1000335.
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