Personal factors that help determine the consequences of mild brain injury

Personal factors that help determine the consequences of mild brain injury

Not only the severity of an accident, but also the personal factors of a victim have influence on the final consequences of a light traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident.

This is evident from research conducted among 910 patients in the period from January 2013 to January 2015, of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Elizabeth hospital in Tilburg and the Medical Spectrum Twente. The research took place under the direction of neurologist, Joukje van der Naalt and neuropsychologist Joke Spikman and was co-established by the Dutch brain disease foundation.

During the research, which was published in Lancet Neurology tried the researchers to determine which patients are at greatest risk were not fully recovery. Two weeks after an accident, the researchers were in patients with mild brain injury will determine what complaints they had. It was also asked to give their vote. These data were combined with demographic data. After six months, was re-established in which patients are not fully recovered.

Brain injury caused by an accident is common and most patients walk after an accident, a mild brain injury. Many patients cannot recover fully and keep long-term complaints that their daily operation.According to the researchers, demonstrates not only the severity of the accident, but also personal factors are important factors are that the recovery will determine six months after the accident.


One of the factors that affects the recovery is the ability to deal with the consequences of the brain injury, the age, education and any psychological problems before the accident. The personal factors of the victim may, according to the researchers, early after the accident to be identified, allowing the appropriate therapy and counseling to determine.

The research showed that identifying patients with a higher risk of non-complete recovery can be done in the emergency room of the hospital, but it is more accurate in the first weeks after the accident. The various risk factors to be assessed via an interview or questionnaire.

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