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Rear-End MVA's Have Long Term Effect on Well Being

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:24
People who are involved in rear-end motor vehicle accidents (MVA's) have an elevated risk of several ailments, compared with individuals who have not been involved in rear-end MVA's.  Researchers in Sweden pooled data on 436 drivers who were in rear-end MVA's during 1987 or 1988. Of these subjects, 232 suffered a whiplash injury and 204 were not injured. A control group was also established, comprised of 3,688 individuals who had not been in an MVA. All subjects were aged 18 to 65 years.

After seven years, subjects completed a health questionnaire. Findings showed that people who had been in MVA's were up to 3.7 times more likely to suffer from back pain, headache, fatigue, sleep disturbances and ill health, compared with those who were not in MVA's. Curiously, no difference in risk was found among MVA subjects who had suffered a whiplash injury and those who had not. "We conclude that rear-end collisions resulting in reported whiplash injuries seem to have a substantial impact on health complaints, even a long time after the collision," conclude the study's authors.

Berglund A, Alfredsson L, Jensen I, Cassidy JD, Nygren A   The association between exposure to a rear-end collision and future health complaints   J Clin Epidemiol 2001 (Aug);   54 (8):   851-856