Taneal is a Trauma Nurse Coordinator at St George Hospital, completed her Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 1998, and worked at Prince of Wales Hospital during her new graduate year. Since graduating she has worked extensively in Neurosurgical, ENT and Emergency Nursing. Her experience includes nursing in a rural area (Collarenebri, in regional NSW). Taneal has also attained a Graduate Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing through UWS. She is currently enrolled in a PhD at Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney.
The relationship between mental health and traumatic physical injury in patients of an Australian Trauma Centre: An explanatory mixed methods study
Supervisors: Kim Foster and Kate Curtis
Physical trauma ranges from minor to moderate injuries and is identified as a single or multiple injuries caused by an external force, for example; physical assault, shooting, or a range of motor vehicle crashes(1). The economic and health-related burden associated with physical trauma is immense. Traumatic physical injury has been identified as a global burden of disease which is detrimental to the individual, their family, the health service, and society(2). Recent research has shown that there is a co-association between physical and mental health and that following traumatic physical injury the person’s state of mental health plays an integral role in their recovery and quality of life(3).
While a significant amount of literature has focussed on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as a psychological outcome of physical injury; literature has revealed that other anxiety disorders, depression and stress reactions have not been as widely researched. Further, these psychological aspects are not well identified, documented or treated in the process of trauma patient care(4).
Overall study aim
The intent of this study is to explore the relationships between major trauma and depression, anxiety and stress, in patients of an Australian trauma centre.
With the substantial personal, health and economic costs of traumatic physical injury, there is a need to further understand the impact this can have on individuals’ mental health. Early screening and identification of alterations in mental health following traumatic injury will potentially promote better patient outcomes and improved quality of life.