Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Brain Inj. 2012;26(12):1405-14. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2012.694559. Epub 2012 Jun 21.

Self-reported health and influence on life situation 5-8 years after paediatric traumatic brain injury.

Author information

1
Kolbäcken Child Rehabilitation Centre, Umeå, Sweden. barbro.renstrom@vll.se

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

During childhood, the central nervous system is in a state of rapid development which can be interrupted by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study aimed to describe if and how TBI during childhood influences health and life situation, 5-8 years later.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

A case-control retrospective design was employed for the assessment of 61 adolescents and young adults with a mild, moderate or severe TBI and 229 matched controls from a normative group (16-24 years).

METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

SF-36 (Short Form 36 health survey) and a self-reported questionnaire measuring life situation were distributed to youths suffering TBI 5-8 years ago. Forty-five youths (74%) completed the questionnaires.

MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS:

Participants with a TBI stated lower self-estimated health compared with the normative group. Remaining self-reported symptoms were physical and cognitive. Negative effects of TBI influencing school results, leisure activities and thoughts about future life situation were also described.

CONCLUSION:

Young individuals experience sustained negative effects of childhood TBI on health and life situation. More research is necessary to detect, understand and properly support these youths.

PMID:
22720997
DOI:
10.3109/02699052.2012.694559
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Taylor & Francis
Loading ...
Support Center