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Type: Journal article
Title: Contribution of psychological trauma to outcomes after traumatic brain injury: assaults versus sporting injuries
Author: Mathias, J.
Harman-Smith, Y.
Bowden, S.
Rosenfeld, J.
Bigler, E.
Citation: Journal of Neurotrauma, 2014; 31(7):658-669
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1557-9042
1557-9042
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Jane L. Mathias, Yasmin Harman-Smith, Stephen C. Bowden, Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, and Erin D. Bigler
Abstract: Clinical research into outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI) frequently combines injuries that have been sustained through different causes (e.g., car accidents, assaults, and falls), the effect of which is not well understood. This study examined the contribution of injury-related psychological trauma—which is more commonly associated with specific types of injuries—to outcomes after nonpenetrating TBI in order to determine whether it may be having a differential effect in samples containing mixed injuries. Data from three groups that were prospectively recruited for two larger studies were compared: one that sustained a TBI as a result of physical assaults (i.e., psychologically traumatizing) and another as a result of sporting injuries (i.e., nonpsychologically traumatizing), as well as an orthopedic control group (OC). Psychosocial and emotional (postconcussion symptoms, injury-related stress, and depression), cognitive (memory, abstract reasoning, problem solving, and verbal fluency), and functional (general outcome; resumption of home, social, and work roles) outcomes were all assessed. The TBIassault group reported significantly poorer psychosocial and emotional outcomes and higher rates of litigation (criminal rather than civil) than both the TBIsport and OC groups approximately 6 months postinjury, but there were no differences in the cognitive or functional outcomes of the three groups. The findings suggest that the cause of a TBI may assist in explaining some of the differences in outcomes of people who have seemingly comparable injuries. Involvement in litigation and the cause of an injury may also be confounded, which may lead to the erroneous conclusion that litigants have poorer outcomes.
Keywords: Assault; outcome; post-traumatic stress; psychological trauma; sporting injury; traumatic brain injury
Rights: © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
RMID: 0020136491
DOI: 10.1089/neu.2013.3160
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/207711
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/519220
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