Principal Investigator: Bérangère Gohy, Humanity & Inclusion
The research aims to assess functional outcomes of trauma patients in humanitarian settings and analyse the determinants of these outcomes. The study has three specific objectives:-
– To develop a cross-culturally valid and reliable functional score for trauma patients in emergency settings,
– To evaluate trauma patients’ functional outcomes at 3 and 6 months after trauma,
– To identify socio-demographic, clinical and care-related determinants of short and middle-term functional outcomes among trauma patients.
A valid functional score for trauma patients in humanitarian settings: The study will assess and validate the modified functional score that was empirically developed in 2011 by field teams in Kunduz. Revisions of the score are currently ongoing within the research consortium, and by the start of this project a revised version will be ready for validation.
Phase 1 of this study will produce a cross-culturally valid, reliable and easy to use functional score for trauma patients in humanitarian settings. The functional score will set a new standard to monitor, evaluate, and report on trauma cases and rehabilitation measures in the field.
A better understanding of the main determinants of functional outcomes of trauma patients in humanitarian settings: Phase 2 of the study will identify drivers of optimal functional recovery. A particular emphasis will be placed on the association between a positive outcome and the timeliness and intensity of rehabilitation.
Gradual roll-out of the validated functional score and extensive hands-on experience for health and rehabilitation actors on the ground, through on-site and remote training and practical guidance on how to use the score.
During phase 1, research will take place in Iraq, Burundi, Haiti, Cameroon and Central African Republic, while for phase 2, it’ll be Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Gaza.
Keep moving to get better: Early mobilization in post-operative care at the regional hospital in Maroua, CameroonView
This study is featured alongside one from around the world in MSF’s article ‘Scientific Evidence for Better Care: A Sneak Peek into Eight MSF Operational Research Projects’View
In Cameroon, a new physiotherapy assessment tool to help patients regain independence is piloted and validated using #operationalresearch by #MSF, @HI_belgium and the @karolinskainst with support from @Elrha R2HC: https://t.co/pDW6IKXW1p— MSF LuxOR (@MSFLuxOR) October 24, 2019
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