Medicine Use for Pain Following a Road Traffic Crash

Do you have neck or back pain following a road traffic crash (within the last 3 months)?

Join The University of Queensland’s study about people’s experiences of medicine use after road traffic crashes.

Participate by telephone from home!

After a road traffic crash, neck and lower back soft tissue injuries are common. For example, approximately 75% of all road traffic crash survivors experience whiplash symptoms. Pain relief medicines are commonly prescribed for these injuries. This study aims to explore people’s experiences of medicine use, their understanding of prescribed medications, and the advice they were given about medicines for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury from a road traffic crash. The best way to do this is to talk to people through one on one confidential telephone interviews.

Dr Jane Nikes from The University of Queensland, who leads the study, explains:

“We would like to learn more about what people think about pain management for their injury, their experiences of medicine use for this and what information they were given about the medication.

We would like to find out whether they actually wanted to take medicine, whether the medicine helped, and whether they were given other options to manage their pain.

This is important because at the end of the study, we hope to be able to improve management of whiplash and back injuries from road traffic crashes, which cause ongoing pain and expense for many people.”

The study is open to people who have recently (within the last 3 months) experienced neck or back pain from a road traffic crash anywhere in Australia.

More information about the study can be found on the study recruitment page or by contacting Ms Sarah Robins, Research Assistant, on email [email protected] or call 07 3346 4812, or Dr Jane Nikles on email [email protected] or 0408 599 033.


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