Study title:

Understanding people’s perspectives on medical management of medicine use for neck and lower back soft tissue injury following a road traffic crash (RTC).


The aim of this study is to explore people’s experiences of medicine use, including their understanding of prescribed medications, and perceptions of medication counselling by Emergency Department health professionals or GPs, for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury incurred following a RTC.

Type of volunteers needed:

  • All participants need to be 18 – 65 years old
  • Experienced neck or back pain as a result of a road traffic crash that occurred within the past 12 weeks
  • Visited a GP OR attended an ED but were not admitted for this neck or back injury
  • Used a prescription or over-the-counter medicine for this neck or back injury, and
  • Are fluent in English

Individuals are not eligible to participate if another, more serious, injury such as a broken bone was experienced in the road traffic crash; or if you have had neck or back pain for longer than three months.

What is involved?

Participation will involve a phone interview for up to 40 minutes, at a time that is convenient to you. Everything you say will be completely confidential and anonymous.

What’s in it for me?

While you may not personally benefit from participating in this research, your time, experience, and feedback will likely benefit others who experience neck or back pain from a road traffic crash. Gaining a more in-depth understanding of people’s experiences will help guide development of the best treatment options to improve recovery.

How can I volunteer or find out more?

People interested in participating or learning more about the study can contact Ms Sarah Robins, Research Assistant, on email or call 07 3346 4812 or Dr Jane Nikles on email or 0408 599 033