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Maori disability outcomes: Pathways and experiences after injury

58 months
Approved budget:
Professor Emma Wyeth
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Injury-related disparities exist between Maori and non-Maori. For example, Maori hospitalised as a consequence of injury have a 70% increased risk of disability compared to non-Maori, yet the reasons for this disparity are unknown. Using mixed methods, the aims of this study are to understand the pathways and experiences for Maori 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 questionnaires in a study of outcomes for injured New Zealanders (566 Maori and 2290 non- Maori). Face-to-face interviews will be undertaken with Maori who are 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 Maori health and disability to meaningfully interpret study findings. We will identify key points in the injury and rehabilitation pathway that warrant further attention to improve outcomes.