Factors Influencing Self-Rated Health in Traffic-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

This article reports on a population-based, cross-sectional study undertaken to investigate self-rated health and factors influencing health after traffic-related mild traumatic brain injury in adult subjects (n = 929) injured between December 1997 and November 1999 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Inclusion criteria were a head blow with certain or possible loss of consciousness or post-traumatic amnesia, or a possible head blow with certain loss of consciousness/post-traumatic amnesia. Excluded were those with loss of consciousness longer than 30 min and those hospitalized longer than 2 days. The research found that, in contrast to the 74.5% of subjects who reported having excellent or very good health prior to injury, 70.8% reported having poor or fair health after the injury. Post-crash depressive symptoms, sleep problems, greater neck/low back pain and low expectations for recovery were associated with poorer post-injury health. The authors conclude that the potentially modifiable factors associated with poor post-injury health that were identified in the study should be considered during early clinical intervention.

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  • Authors:
    • Zhang, Sharon
    • Carroll, Linda J
    • Cassidy, J David
    • Paniak, Chris
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01149241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 7:54AM