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Children's brain injury : a postal follow-up of 525 children from one health region in the UK

By Carol Hawley, Anthony B. Ward, Andrew R. Magnay and Julie Long


Primary objectives: to follow-up a population of children admitted to one Hospital Trust with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and compare outcomes following mild TBI with outcomes following moderate or severe TBI.\ud Research design: population-based postal questionnaire survey.\ud Methods and procedures: questionnaires were mailed to parents of all 974 surviving children on a register of paediatric TBI admissions, 525 completed questionnaires were returned (56.2%). Most children (419) had suffered mild TBI, 57 moderate, and 49 severe.\ud Main outcomes and results: Thirty percent of parents received no information on post-injury symptoms, and clinical follow-up was limited. Statistically significant differences were observed between mild and moderate/severe groups for cognitive, social, emotional, and mobility problems. Nevertheless, approximately 20% of the mild group suffered from poor concentration, personality change, and educational problems post-injury. Few schools (20%) made special provision for children returning after injury.\ud Conclusions: children can have long lasting and wide ranging sequelae following TBI. Information should be routinely given to parents and schools after brain injury

Topics: RC0321, RJ
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Year: 2002
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