Road to Recovery
IAG is a partner in an important research program to identify the importance of prompt assessment and early intervention with specialist treatment in the recovery of accident victims. Potential outcomes could influence how accident victims are treated in the future and have implications for community health costs.
NRMA Insurance is partnering with two leading universities and the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust in an important research study to assist road accident victims in their recovery.
The Accident Care Evaluation (ACE) medical research study is a joint community initiative between the Australian National University (ANU), the University of Sydney and the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust.
The study is focusing on whether receiving specialist medical attention within days of a crash will improve the recovery outcome for patients.
It is also reviewing best practice in the treatment and rehabilitation of road accident victims as the basis for education programs for medical and allied health providers.
The Australian Capital Territory has geographic and demographic features which facilitate a manageable study that could have national and international applications.
David Issa, CEO of NRMA Insurance said the company was pleased to contribute to important work in the evaluation of post accident care for patients.
"NRMA Insurance claims data shows these crashes result in 800 injury compensation claims costing the ACT community more than A$40 million per year," he said.
"As the sole provider of Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in the ACT, we have an important role to play in encouraging best practice in managing the injuries of victims of road crashes."
"Research which may lead to a lasting community benefit through improved injury management and the duration and cost of claims associated with this treatment is important."
Work on the ACE project started early in 2007 with the establishment of a control group of 90 accident victims. An intervention/treatment group of 90 accident victims is now being established.
Susannah Littleton from NRMA Insurance CTP Strategic Projects group is project manager.
Ms Littleton said the majority of motor accident victims suffered soft tissue and musculoskeletal damage.
Factors that influence recovery can include the mindset of the patient, the treatment regime offered by medical providers and processes in the compensation system, including requirements on both the injured party and medical providers.
The study will look at the influence of these and other factors, independently and together, on the recovery and long term wellbeing of motor accident victims.
It is important to understand if the prompt assessment and early intervention of specialist treatment and evidence based strategies mean patients recover more quickly than if they have less structured treatment.
The outcome of the research has the potential to influence how people injured on the road and also at work or at home are treated in the future.
There is also potential to impact on reduced treatment costs and pressures on the health system.
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IAG is a partner in an important research program to identify the importance of prompt assessment and early intervention with specialist treatment in the recovery of accident victims.
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