MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Kelly Russell PhD
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
University of Manitoba
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important patient-reported outcome that measures the patient’s perception on how their condition effects various aspects of their life, such as their physical, emotional, social and school quality of life. HRQOL can measure the more subtle or hidden consequences of a condition, such as concussion. Patient reported outcomes are important because they give a more complete picture of the patient’s condition than just reporting symptoms or outcomes that are only measured by their clinician. We wanted to compare the effects of sport-related concussions versus sport-related limb fractures on HRQOL in adolescents after their injury and during their recovery.
We chose to compare adolescents with sport-related concussions to a sport-related limb fracture group because we wanted to be able to attribute the results to having a concussion since not being able to play sports with their friends and teammates may decrease HRQOL regardless of the actual type of injury. We also wanted to identify which clinical variables were associated with worse HRQOL in adolescent patients with sports-related concussion.