The overall aims of this PhD were to examine what the real effects of
injury are on survivors of road crashes and to explore the methods used
to assess these effects.
Three studies were conducted for this thesis to explore the effects of
injury using quality of life outcomes for survivors of road crashes. Study 1
was a prospective follow-up study of 70 road crash survivors with
relatively 'minor' injuries. The aim of study 1 was to determine the effects
of the crash or injury on quality of life for a 'minor' injury sample over a 1
year follow-up period. Study 2 was a prospective follow-up study of 50 'seriously' injured road
crash survivors admitted to hospital as a result of their injuries. Study 3 incorporated the results of study 1 and study 2 to examine the
societal burden of injury.
Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University