Understanding people’s perspectives on medicine use for neck and lower back soft tissue injury following a road traffic crash (RTC).

A new study being conducted by RECOVER researcher Dr Jane Nikles and colleagues is designed to explore people’s experiences of medicine use, including their understanding of prescribed medications, and perceptions of medication advice received by Emergency Department health professionals or GPs, for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury incurred following a RTC.

The study team will conduct interviews with individuals who have recently experienced an RTC and sought treatment through an ED, or with a GP will be invited to participate in a 30-40 minute, confidential, interview conducted using an interview guide and delivered over the telephone. Interviews will be audio-taped, transcribed verbatim and analysed using accepted qualitative methods.

The study team are currently recruiting people who have (or had) neck or back pain from a road traffic crash in the last three months.

Participation will involve a phone interview for up to 40 minutes, at a time that is convenient to you. Everything you say will be completely confidential and anonymous.

Participant benefits:

While you may not personally benefit from participating in this research, your time, experience, and feedback will likely benefit others who experience neck or back pain from a road traffic crash. Gaining a more in-depth understanding of people’s experiences will help guide development of the best treatment options to improve recovery.


Type of volunteers needed:

  • All participants need to be 18 – 65 years old
  • Experienced neck or back pain as a result of a road traffic crash that occurred within the past 12 weeks
  • Visited a GP OR attended an ED but were not admitted for this neck or back injury
  • Used a prescription or over-the-counter medicine for this neck or back injury
  • Are fluent in English.

Individuals are not eligible to participate if another, more serious, injury such as a broken bone was experienced in the road traffic crash; or if you have had neck or back pain for longer than three months.

Register your interest:

People interested in participating, confirming their eligibility or learning more about the study can contact:

Ms Sarah Robins
Research Assistant
+61 7 3346 4812


Dr Jane Nikles
Principal Research Fellow
0408 599 033

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2020000195]