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J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2008 Nov-Dec;23(6):378-87. doi: 10.1097/01.HTR.0000341433.67251.01.

Parental perspectives on recovery and social reintegration after pediatric traumatic brain injury.

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  • 1Division of Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona 85013, USA. george.prigatano@chw.edu

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  • J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Jan-Feb;24(1):75.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the validity of parental ratings of their child's overall recovery and social reintegration after pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI).

SETTING:

Primary care hospital/medical center.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ninety-nine children aged 6 to 16 years (80 with TBI and 19 orthopedic trauma controls) evaluated as outpatients.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Parental ratings of overall recovery and social reintegration; neuropsychological test performance.

RESULTS:

Severity of injury correlated with postacute parental ratings of the child's overall recovery (r = -0.498, N = 84, P = .001) and social reintegration (r = -0.507, N = 84, P = .001). A similar correlation was observed between TBI severity and a known "objective" marker of recovery (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-III Coding subtest; r = -0.503, N = 84, P = .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The present findings support the concurrent validity of parental perspectives of a child's overall recovery and social reintegration after pediatric TBI. Incorporating these views may assist in the rehabilitation of children following brain injury. Parental reasons for judging a child's recovery as "incomplete" may differ as a function of severity of injury.

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