2014 Funding Round – Emerging Researcher First Grant

Dr Emma Wyeth
University of Otago, Dunedin
Māori disability outcomes: Pathways and experiences after injury
36 months

Lay summary

Injury-relates disparities exist between Māori and non-Māori. For example, Māori hospitalised as a consequence of injury have 70 per cent increased risk of disability compared to non-Māori-yet the reasons for this disparity are unknown. Using mixed methods, the aims of this study are to understand the pathways and experiences for Māori who were hospitalised after injury and to identify the factors that contribute to disability. New analyses will be undertaken of data already collected from detailed quentionnaires in a study of outcomes for injured New Zealanders (566 Māori and 2290 non-Māori). Face-to-face interviews with be undertaken with Maori hospitalised as a result of injury and experience profound disability 24 months later (n=27). The research team will work closely with key advisors with expertise in Māori health and disability to meaningfully interpret study findings. key points in the injury and rehabilitation pathway will be identified warranting further attention to improve outcomes.

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