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Can children predict psychological recovery after injury?
  1. Eva Alisic1,
  2. Shaminka N Mangelsdorf2,
  3. Elizabeth J Schilpzand2,
  4. Anna Barrett2,
  5. Markus A Landolt3,
  6. Matthias R Mehl4
  1. 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  4. 4 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Eva Alisic, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia; ealisic{at}


While children’s voice is core to paediatric care, their own assessment of future psychological needs is underexplored. We conducted a prospective observational study among children hospitalised for injury in Melbourne, Australia. Their expectations of psychological recovery at baseline (in hospital) were significant and substantial predictors of their quality of life and post-traumatic stress 6 weeks later, suggesting potential diagnostic value.

  • Child Psychology
  • Children's Rights

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  • Contributors EA, MM and MAL contributed to the study concept and design. EA, MM and ES contributed to the drafting of the manuscript. EA, SM and ES contributed to the statistical analysis. AB contributed to the administrative, technical or material support. EA contributed to the study supervision.

  • Funding This project has been supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Rubicon Fellowship #446-11-021); the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia (Early Career Fellowship #1090229); Monash University (Larkins program); the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship; and the Victorian Government’s Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis or interpretation of the data; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript and decision to submit the manuscript for publication. EA had full access to all data in the study and wrote the first draft of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was granted by the hospital’s Human Research Ethics Committee (#33103).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available in a public, open access repository.