A national survey of clinical practice for the management of whiplash-associated disorders in UK emergency departments
Lamb, S. E. (Sallie E.), Williams, Mark A., Withers, Emma J., Perry, Joanna, Gates, Simon, Williamson, Esther M., Underwood, M. (Martin) M.D. and Cooke, Matthew (Professor of clinical systems design). (2009) A national survey of clinical practice for the management of whiplash-associated disorders in UK emergency departments. Emergency Medicine Journal, Vol.26 (No.9). pp. 644-647. ISSN 1472-0205
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/emj.2008.065276
Objective: To undertake a national survey to determine current practice for the management of whiplash injuries in UK emergency departments (ED).
Methods: Postal questionnaire survey. 316 lead consultants from all UK ED with annual new attendances of over 50 000 people were asked to indicate the use of a range of treatments and the frequency with which these treatments were used. Samples of written advice were requested and content analysis was conducted and compared with survey responses.
Results: The response rate was 79% (251/316). The intervention most frequently used was verbal advice to exercise, reported by 84% of respondents for most or all cases, and advice against the use of a collar (83%). Other treatments reported as being used frequently were written advice and anti-inflammatory medication. 106 consultants (42%) provided a sample of written materials. Reference to expected recovery and encouragement for early return to activities were included in less than 6%. Nearly 50% of written materials contained information on how to use a soft collar and 61% contained information on solicitors and pursuing a personal injury claim. There were important differences between reported verbal behaviours and written advice.
Conclusion: Verbal advice is the primary method for managing whiplash injuries in ED and is usually supplemented by written advice. Within individual hospitals there is a lack of consistency between verbal and written advice. The promotion of personal injury claims is a common feature of written advice. Research is required to develop effective and consistent models of advice.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Whiplash injuries -- Great Britain, Emergency medical services -- Great Britain, Medical care surveys -- Great Britain, Neck -- Wounds and injuries -- Treatment|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Emergency Medicine Journal|
|Official Date:||September 2009|
|Number of Pages:||4|
|Page Range:||pp. 644-647|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||NHS R & D HTA Programme (Great Britain) (HTA)|
|Grant number:||ISRCTN33302125 (HTA)|
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