Topical Concurrent Session 1F – Persistent pain after traumatic injury: Lessons learned from trauma registries

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APSNZPS 2018: Topical Concurrent Session 1F

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Topical Concurrent Session 1F: Persistent pain after traumatic injury: Lessons learned from trauma registries
Chair: Dr Melita Giummarra, Monash University, VIC

Persistent pain is common after traumatic injury, and frequently contributes to long-lasting mental health and emotional problems including erratic mood, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation. Three large-scale trauma registries—the Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR), Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR), and the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ)—provide rich opportunities to better understand pain after injury. This workshop will discuss the incidence of pain after traumatic injury, the frequent co-occurrence of pain and mental health problems, and important treatment considerations.

Dr Giummarra will discuss the incidence of pain after injury, and highlight the interactions between pain and symptoms of mental health conditions (especially posttraumatic stress symptoms). Dr Braaf will present findings from RESTORE (REcovery after Serious Trauma—Outcomes, Resource use and patient Experiences), a population-based longitudinal cohort study of all VSTR patients injured in 2011-12. A nested purposively sampled qualitative study highlights that pain is prevalent up to five years post-injury, including secondary injury impacts (e.g., back pain from gait disturbance). Mr Tracy will talk about pain after burns injury, highlighting the pathophysiology of burn injuries, and the incidence and characteristics of pain after burns injury from the BRANZ data.

Speakers:
Dr Melita Giummarra, Monash University, VIC
Dr Sandy Braaf, Monash University, VIC
Mr Lincoln Tracy, Monash University, VIC