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Research Article

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Injury: Trajectories and Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life

Juanita A Haagsma1*, Ed F van Beeck1, Hidde Toet2 and Suzanne Polinder1
1Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2Consumer Safety Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
*Corresponding Author : Juanita A Haagsma
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Received July 16, 2013; Accepted August 14, 2013; Published August 20, 2013
Citation: Haagsma JA, van Beeck EF, Toet H, Polinder S (2013) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Injury: Trajectories and Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life. J Depress Anxiety S4:002. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S4-002
Copyright: © 2013 Haagsma JA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Background:Little is known about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) trajectories of injury patients of all severity levels and external causes. The aim of our study was to assess prevalence rates, predictors, trajectories and impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of PTSD 2.5, 5, 12 and 24 months post-injury.
Methods:We selected a sample of 8,057 patients aged 15 years and older who attended the Emergency
Department (ED) followed by either hospital admission or discharge to the home environment. The sample received postal questionnaires 2.5, 5, 12 and 24 months after treatment at the ED. The  questionnaires included items regarding socio-demographics, EQ-5D to measure HRQoL, and the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IESR). An IESR-score ≥ 33 was used as indication for the presence of PTSD.
Results: 2,918 (36%) injury patients completed the 2.5 months follow-up survey. PTSD prevalence rate at 2.5 month follow-up was 9%. At 5, 12 and 24 month follow-up PTSD prevalence rates were 7%, 6% and 5% respectively. Comorbid disease, female gender and low educational level were the strongest independent predictors of PTSD. One in ten patients had PTSD at some point during 24 month follow-up. PTSD was associated with a significantly decreased HRQoL.
Conclusions:We conclude that almost one in ten injury patients of all causes and severity levels treated at an ED suffer from PTSD symptoms, which is associated with a considerable decrease in HRQoL. PTSD symptoms may therefore raise a major barrier for full recovery of injury patients of even minor levels of severity.

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