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RESTORE: REcovery after Serious Trauma—Outcomes, Resource use and patient Experiences study protocol
  1. Belinda J Gabbe1,2,
  2. Sandra Braaf1,
  3. Mark Fitzgerald3,
  4. Rodney Judson4,
  5. James E Harrison5,
  6. Ronan A Lyons1,2,
  7. Jennie Ponsford6,
  8. Alex Collie1,7,
  9. Shanthi Ameratunga8,
  10. David Attwood9,
  11. Nicola Christie10,
  12. Andrew Nunn11,
  13. Peter A Cameron1,12
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2College of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK
  3. 3Trauma Service, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4Trauma Service, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  5. 5Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  6. 6School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  7. 7Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  8. 8School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  9. 9Business Intelligence, Transport Accident Commission, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  10. 10Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College of London, London, UK
  11. 11Victorian Spinal Cord Service, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  12. 12Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Belinda J Gabbe, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, The Alfred Centre, Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia; belinda.gabbe{at}


Background Traumatic injury is a leading contributor to the overall global burden of disease. However, there is a worldwide shortage of population data to inform understanding of non-fatal injury burden. An improved understanding of the pattern of recovery following trauma is needed to better estimate the burden of injury, guide provision of rehabilitation services and care to injured people, and inform guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of disability outcomes.

Objective To provide a comprehensive overview of patient outcomes and experiences in the first 5 years after serious injury.

Design This is a population-based, nested prospective cohort study using quantitative data methods, supplemented by a qualitative study of a seriously injured participant sample.

Participants All 2547 paediatric and adult major trauma patients captured by the Victorian State Trauma Registry with a date of injury from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 who survived to hospital discharge and did not opt-off from the registry.

Analysis To analyse the quantitative data and identify factors that predict poor or good outcome, whether there is change over time, differences in rates of recovery and change between key participant subgroups, multilevel mixed effects regression models will be fitted. To analyse the qualitative data, thematic analysis will be used to identify important themes and the relationships between themes.

Contribution to the field The results of this project have the potential to inform clinical decisions and public health policy, which can reduce the burden of non-fatal injury and improve the lives of people living with the consequences of severe injury.

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