04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Can traumatic brain injury surveillance systems be used to link individuals with TBI to services?

Can traumatic brain injury surveillance systems be used to link individuals with TBI to services?

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Surveillance System data to link individuals to information and services in their communities. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Using a qualitative exploratory approach, the investigators conducted focus groups of individuals with TBI and family members (n = 29) and individual […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on Systematic bias in traumatic brain injury outcome studies because of loss to follow-up

Systematic bias in traumatic brain injury outcome studies because of loss to follow-up

OBJECTIVE: To identify potential sources of selection bias created by subjects lost to follow-up in studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN: Demographic, premorbid, injury-related, and hospital course characteristics were compared for subjects lost and found for 1- and 2-year postinjury follow-ups by using bivariate tests and logistic regression analysis. SETTING: Three prospective, longitudinal data […]

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04 May 2010 ~ Comments Off on The epidemiology of traumatic brain injury: a review

The epidemiology of traumatic brain injury: a review

PURPOSE: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) not only has considerable morbidity and mortality, but it is a major cause of epilepsy. We wish to determine the frequency of TBI, special groups at risk for TBI, and mortality from TBI. METHODS: We reviewed studies of TBI that are either population based or derived from definable catchment areas […]

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