RECOVER Injury Research Centre has developed a number of resources to assist clinicians to improve the health outcomes of people injured in road traffic crashes.

WhipPredict: a risk stratification tool for whiplash

Recovery following a whiplash injury is varied. While approximately 50 per cent of individuals fully recover, 25 per cent develop persistent moderate/severe pain and disability and 25 per cent experience milder levels of disability.

A whiplash risk stratification tool is a research-generated tool used to predict outcomes such as likelihood of developing moderate/severe disability or experiencing full recovery from whiplash injury. In our studies[1] we observed increased probability of developing chronic moderate/severe disability in the presence of older age and initially higher levels of NDI and hyperarousal symptoms (positive predictive value [PPV] = 71 per cent) and increased probability of full recovery in younger individuals with initially lower levels of neck disability (PPV = 71 per cent).

This questionnaire will help you to judge the likelihood of recovery for patients with a whiplash injury using the whiplash clinical prediction rule. Once your patient has filled the form and you have calculated the NDI and the hyperarousal symptoms (if applicable) scores, follow the diagram below for making a prediction about the likelihood of recovery.


We believe that it is important that you inform the patient of the predicted outcome, rather than them having to find it themselves. For this reason, the results section of necktest.com is protected by a password.

To access the passwords for the online tool or to get a downloadable hard copy of the tool, simply send an email to recover@uq.edu.au. In the subject line of the email write “WhipPredict password request” or “WhipPredict downloadable tool request” - in the body of the email just provide us with your name and professional contact details.

Visit the WhipPredict online questionnaire

The online version of the WhipPredict questionnaire was designed and developed by Dr Angelo Basteris during his time working at RECOVER.


References

External Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Predict Full Recovery and Ongoing Moderate/Severe Disability Following Acute Whiplash Injury (PDF, 673KB)

Carrie Ritchie, Joan Hendrikz, Gwendolen Jull, James Elliott, Michele Sterling (2015)

Derivation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Both Chronic Moderate/Severe Disability and Full Recovery Following Whiplash Injury (PDF, 364KB)

Carrie Ritchie, Joan Hendrikz, Justin Kenardy, Michele Sterling (2013)

I2I-4-Telehealth: a practical guide for knowledge translation for telehealth

I2I-4-Telehealth stands for Innovation to Implementation for Telehealth. It is a 7-step tool to use knowledge translation activities to plan changes associated with a telehealth innovation. It is an action-oriented tool and does not assume any background in science or theoretical knowledge translation models. 

Translating knowledge into practice involves change for individuals and organisations and often works best when bringing a wide range of participants to the planning table. This guide, created by members of the Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth (CRE) Research team, aims to help you plan your move from innovation to implementation, including thinking about who are the key players to involve.

What is telehealth? See videos which demonstrate telehealth in action

Telehealth is the use of telecommunication techniques to provide telemedicine, medical education, and health education over a distance. The Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth has produced a number of videos which demonstrate telehealth in action.