CDC Publishes Recommendations on TBIs to Congress

Public awareness of TBIs has been raised in the last several years because several soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered from TBIs. Media attention on professional athletes that suffer from TBIs has also raised awareness. TBI-related deaths have decreased in the last several years with the use of seat belts, airbags, and greater adherence to management guidelines (with healthcare). Education about TBI has also prompted more people to seek medical attention when they injure their head. With an increasing elderly population, TBI cases are expected to rise. There are large gaps in the known prevalence of TBI because patients with mild cases of head injury do not go to the hospital like they used to, but instead go to their doctor’s office. Also, fewer than half of the states in the U.S. report TBI incidence. National estimates are based on data extrapolated from 2 states. The info also does not encompass different ethnic groups. Concussions are the largest incidence of TBI in the U.S.
Flanagan, S.R. (2015). Invited commentary on “Centers for Disease Control and prevention report to Congress: Traumatic brain injury in the United States: Epidemiology and rehabilitation. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 96, 1753-1755.

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