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Self-reported health and influence on  life  situation 5–8 years after paediatric traumatic brain injury
Kolbäcken Child Rehabilitation Centre, Umeå.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (Kolbacken Child Rehabil Ctr, SE-90733 Umeå, Sweden)
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Pediat, Inst Clin Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Brain Injury, ISSN 0269-9052, E-ISSN 1362-301x, Vol. 26, no 12, 1405-1414 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Informa Healthcare, 2012. Vol. 26, no 12, 1405-1414 p.
Keyword [en]
SF-36, children, adolescents, paediatric, traumatic brain injury, outcome, rehabilitation, leisure activities, school
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Psychology Physiotherapy Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60586DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2012.694559OAI: diva2:561330
Available from: 2012-10-18 Created: 2012-10-18 Last updated: 2012-11-26Bibliographically approved

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