Predicting And Preventing Chronic Pain After Minor Trauma In The Elderly

Faculty Member: Tim Platts-Mills, MD

Project Description: The goal of our research is to improve the identification of elderly patients at high risk for chronic pain after minor trauma and subsequently to develop interventions to prevent chronic pain. The planned investigation will use methodology developed by Dr. Samuel Mclean as part of a large study of chronic pain after minor trauma in non-elderly adults. Additional related investigations will examine the association between heart rate variability and the development of chronic pain and improved methods to assess the level of pain experienced by patients after minor trauma. Related projects include work with the joint geriatric-emergency medicine research group looking at: 1) the sensitivity of triage tools for identifying elderly patients in need of an immediate intervention; and 2) the predictive utility of abnormal vital signs at the time of triage in this population.