Background

Research Team Members: Professor Michele Sterling (RECOVER), Professor Justin Kenardy (UQ), Professor Tonny Andersen (University of Southern Denmark).

Aims

This project primarily aims to investigate the effectiveness of combined trauma-focused CBT and exercise to decrease pain and disability of individuals with chronic whiplash. Secondary aims are to investigate the effectiveness of combined trauma-focused CBT and exercise to decrease post-traumatic stress symptoms, anxiety and depression; to investigate the effects of trauma-focused CBT alone on post-traumatic stress symptoms and pain/disability.

Progress

  • Recruitment is now completed.
  • All follow-ups are complete.
  • Data analysis is underway.

Stakeholder engagement

Key stakeholders, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC-QLD) and the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIAR), were consulted at the time of the initial drafting of this project.

Who benefits from this research?

The research will benefit claimants and motorists who are injured in road traffic crashes. The compulsory third party (CTP) scheme may also benefit if costs are reduced with more effective treatments.