Children's brain injury : a postal follow-up of 525 children from one health region in the UK
Hawley, Carol, Ward, Anthony B., Magnay, Andrew R. and Long, Julie. (2002) Children's brain injury : a postal follow-up of 525 children from one health region in the UK. Brain Injury, Vol.16 (No.11). pp. 969-985. ISSN 0269-9052
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699050210147239
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.
Research design: population-based postal questionnaire survey.
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.
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.
Conclusions: children can have long lasting and wide ranging sequelae following TBI. Information should be routinely given to parents and schools after brain injury.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Brain damaged children, Outcome assessment (Medical care), Children -- Wounds and injuries, Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Complications|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Brain Injury|
|Publisher:||Taylor and Francis|
|Official Date:||November 2002|
|Page Range:||pp. 969-985|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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