NTRplus (National Trauma Registry)

A registry-based analysis of the National Trauma Registry (NTR) linked to other central health registries and data sources (Norwegian Prescription Database, Cause of Death Registry, Norwegian Patient Registry, Statistics Norway; sickness and disability benefits), will facilitate further improvements in trauma management, rehabilitation, and the transition between hospital and primary health care services. We hypothesize that 1) survivors of trauma are at risk of unfavorable secondary health outcomes including chronic pain, long-term drug prescription, harmful use of opioids and combinations with other drugs (such as opioids, benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics), physical impairment, poor quality of life, and socioeconomic difficulties; 2) that certain trauma subgroups, such as severe musculoskeletal injuries (i.e.: leg/arm/spinal), have higher risk of chronic pain and disability than other groups of injuries; and 3) that recurrent trauma is linked to persistent prescription of opioids, benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics (2 years follow-up data).

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