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In Norway an estimated 10 % of the population is injured annually. Of these 36.000 sustain permanent functional impairment, 1.200 receive disability pension, and approximately 2.500 die because of their injuries. Mortality is the most common variable measuring trauma outcome. However, measuring only trauma mortality may be looking merely at the tip of the iceberg. For every trauma death, there are ten-folds suffering long term functional impairment. Mortality is therefore a too crude variable to describe the impact of injuries - both for the individual trauma patient and for society as a whole. There is a need for variables describing long-term outcomes on a functional level. The aim of this study is to use the rate of return to work and education as an alternative outcome measure. The ability of returning to work after injury is a central indicator of individual functional outcome, combining both physical and mental skills in performing complex and compound tasks. Previous studies on return to work after injury are limited by a combination of short follow-up times, the use of patient reported outcomes and having mainly been focusing on only severely injured patients (ISS > 15). This a population-based study including all patients in working age (16 - 65 years) received by a trauma team in any of the eight hospitals within the region of Central Norway in the time period from June 1st,2007 to May 30th, 2010. Already collected trauma registry data will be linked with national register data on sickness and disability benefits, employment and education.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
16 Years to 65 Years (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All patients in working age received by a trauma team in any of the eight hospitals within the region of Central Norway in the period from June 1st, 2007 to May 30th, 2010