Rehabilitation following trauma
Physiotherapist Lara Kimmel is undertaking a program of doctoral research exploring the role of rehabilitation following trauma.
Using data from over 1,400 individuals in the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry (VOTOR), Lara
has developed a ‘Trauma Rehabilitation and Prediction Tool’ (TRaPT) to predict which patients will require inpatient rehabilitation following trauma.
A further study prospectively validated TRaPT and showed that discharge destination could be accurately predicted in 80% of patients.
A simplified version of TRaPT is now being used in the Trauma service at The Alfred to assist early and accurate discharge planning, with benefits seen for both patients and the health service.