Defining Recovery Beyond Morbidity and Mortality: Patient-Reported Outcomes after Traumatic Injury in Elderly Patients


Many previous studies have demonstrated that elderly patients have higher rates of mortality following traumatic injury, however very little is known about the long-term effects trauma injuries have on their physical, mental, and cognitive health. This prospective mixed-methods, non-interventional study will collect primary and secondary data for elderly trauma patients admitted to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Using a validated patient-reported outcome measure and qualitative interviews, the study investigators aim to define what long-term recovery means to elderly patients after traumatic injury, and identify patient and injury related factors associated with worse outcomes and poor recovery. This will serve as a preliminary study to gain knowledge about decision making in elderly trauma patients and the effects of traumatic injury on long-term patient-reported outcome measures, and will serve as a feasibility study for assessing patient-reported outcomes in elderly trauma patients.

Dr. Kristin Colling is the Principal Investigator. Stephen Waring, PhD, and Melissa Harry, PhD, are Co-Investigators. 

Research Study Categories


  • Trauma


Trauma Research Team, [email protected]


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