There are over 100,000 health apps available to people in the UK, but none are geared towards helping survivors of traumatic injury recover. We aim to change that.

Background

AfterTrauma was the first UK website launched with the intention of supporting survivors of traumatic injury, and their carers and supporters, to help them understand what has happened to them and the resources available to help them recover.

When it was launched in 2015, we always knew that it was just the first step towards developing more digital resources to help trauma survivors restore optimal health and functioning.

Thanks to a grant from Barts Charity, C4TS are now working to transform AfterTrauma into a web-based app, with added interactive e-health features, that will better support and motivate trauma survivors after they leave hospital.

AfterTrauma recovery app

Trauma survivors in the UK commonly describe their experience of leaving hospital and trying to start life again back home as "like falling off a cliff".  Crucially, many do not have a plain English summary of their injuries, their treatment in hospital, a rehabilitation plan post-discharge, or a set of goals they can use to monitor their recovery progress.

As one step to improve this situation, we are developing an AfterTrauma recovery app for trauma survivors, a simple to use interactive digital tool that enables them to:

  • See clearly what has happened to them (the nature of their injuries, and treatment received)
  • Understand what symptoms and side-effects they will need to manage
  • Understand their rehabilitation plans and what they need to do to get back to maximum functioning
  • With clinicians, set goals that will help them achieve that rehabilitation, track and keep a record of progress against goals over time
  • Share information about injuries and impact with clinicians, families and others as they choose
  • Connect with patients who have had similar injuries/ experiences so that they can share learnings and model behaviour
  • Easily access resources that will help them stay motivated

In addition to these 'virtual' resources, there is also a need for a UK wide network of 'on the ground' regional peer to peer visiting and support groups. Day One in Leeds is a pioneer in this regard, and we hope our new app will support other patient groups to follow suit.

AfterTrauma recovery app patient focus group

So far, we have a great group of former trauma survivors and clinicians from several trauma centres who are helping us co-design this new e-health platform.  

If you are a trauma survivor, trauma clinician, or interested member of the public who would like to join the focus group for this project, then we would love to hear from you - our contacts are below.

Contacts

Project lead: Dr Karen Hoffman

Project manager: Nicole Skeltys

 

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