Recovering maxillofacial trauma patients: the hidden problems

Sen, P., Ross, N. and Rogers, S. (2001) Recovering maxillofacial trauma patients: the hidden problems. Journal of Wound Care, 10 (3). pp. 53-57. ISSN 0969-0700

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Abstract

This longitudinal study highlights the psychological and functional problems that can result from maxillofacial trauma. This is the first study to report outcome at one year. A total of 147 patients admitted for surgery following facial trauma were recruited over a seven-month period. Three questionnaires were used to record patient-derived levels of dysfunction: the Hospital Anxiety Depression scale, a modified University of Washington Quality of Life questionnaire and five non-validated facial trauma items. At one year 46 patients (31%) responded. Although there were significant improvements in scores from pre-operatively to one year, with all patients being discharged from outpatient follow-up, there was a substantial level of subjective symptomatology. Most notable was the level of anxiety and depression, which were present in 30% of the sample at both time points. Health-care professionals tend to underestimate the long-term effects of maxillofacial trauma. To improve patient care, greater appreciation of these problems is required at the time of initial management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 16:45
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/2586

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