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Whiplash: still a pain in the neck


Albert, EG and Francis, HW and Elkerton, A, Whiplash: still a pain in the neck, Australian Family Physician, 32, (3) pp. 152-157. ISSN 0300-8495 (2003) [Refereed Article]


BACKGROUND: Whiplash is a common problem, particularly following motor vehicle accidents and may have significant sequelae in terms of disability and financial compensation. Recent research has demonstrated that a number of commonplace medical practices as well as the compensation system may lead to unfavourable outcomes. OBJECTIVE: This article discusses recent research into whiplash and its implications for clinical practice. DISCUSSION: A full assessment of biopsychosocial factors in the acute phase of the injury is essential to predict those at risk of chronicity. Simple therapeutic and educational measures should be employed and early referral to a psychologist or pain specialist considered for those at high risk.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Albert, EG (Dr Edi Albert)
ID Code:27761
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-05-10

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