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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1992 Oct;73(10):911-6.

Predicting return to work in traumatic brain injury using assessment scales.

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Marianjoy Rehabilitation Center, Wheaton, IL.


This study compared two frequently used brain injury assessment scales with a comprehensive functional scale in their capability to predict return to work in a traumatic brain injured population. Fifty-seven consecutive admissions to an inpatient brain injury program were rated at admission and discharge using the following scales: Patient Evaluation and Conference System (PECS), Disability Rating Scale, and Levels of Cognitive Functioning Scale. Their relative accuracy in predicting return to work or school up to 26 months after the injury was assessed using hierarchical logistic regression analysis. In each analysis, return to work/school was the dependent variable. The independent variables were initial status and discharge status on each rating scale. Overall these scales predicted return to work with 73.5% to 84.4% accuracy. Total PECS and PECS Cognition scores were the most accurate predictors. Analysis of incorrect predictions revealed the importance of additionally tracking the social factors of substance abuse, family/community support and financial need to return to work.

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