Classifying the type and severity of traumatic injury in North Queensland: a multicentre retrospective study

Grant ID: EMLE-149R33-2020-GIBBS

Lay Summary

Queenslanders living in regional, rural and remote areas have a higher incidence of traumatic injury and poorer access to health services than their urban counterparts.

Researchers propose to undertake a first-of-its-kind study to classify and characterise trauma patients from these areas serviced by Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, and Mackay Hospitals over the three-year period 2016-2018. Using patient records, researchers will examine the clinical therapies and interventions used and patient outcomes from point-of-injury through to hospital discharge.

The study will capture, collate and compare patient data from Queensland Health, Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ), LifeFlight Retrieval Medicine (LRM) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to assess the current state of emergency trauma care in the Queensland Tropics, and any potential gaps in aeromedical healthcare delivery. The results will also provide a springboard for a wider system and processes assessment of emergency trauma care for the benefit of patients in North Queensland.


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Amount Awarded
$99,505


Program


Grant Scheme


Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Dr Clinton Gibbs


Co Investigators:
Dr Hayley Letson
Professor Geoffrey Dobson
Dr Luke Lawton
Dr Brett Hoggard
Dr Ben Butson
Professor Richard Murray
Dr Ulrich Orda


Associate Investigators:
Dr Erik Biros
Dr Daniel Lindsay


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Collaborating Institutions


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