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Aust Fam Physician. 2014 Aug;43(8):559-62.

Predicting recovery from whiplash injury in the primary care setting.

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MD, FRCPC, FACP, is Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Research Transition Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The effect of expectation of recovery on the recovery rate of whiplash patients in the primary care setting is not known.

METHODS:

Whiplash patients were assessed in a primary care setting within 1 week of their collision for their expectations of recovery and were re-examined 3 months later for recovery.

RESULTS:

Initial expectations of recovery predicted recovery. According to adjusted odds ratios, subjects who expected 'to get better slowly' had a recovery rate that was nearly 1.9 times that of subjects with poor recovery expectations. Subjects who expected 'to get better soon' had a recovery rate that was 2.6 times greater than either of those with poor recovery expectations.

DISCUSSION:

In the primary care setting, asking patients with whiplash about their expectations of recovery is a useful predictor of their outcome.

PMID:
25114995
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