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More about follow-up care after concussion

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] 

Being discharged from a hospital after receiving treatment for a (TBI) does not necessarily mean that a patient has fully recovered. Proper follow-up care needs to be ensured for a full recovery.

According to a study conducted by the and Stroke, many patients may not be receiving follow-up care, even though can lead to

Patients in the Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in (TRACK-TBI) initiative, a large, long-term, NIH-funded study of patients who are treated at the emergency room for mild or concussion, were surveyed about their care after hospital discharge.

Follow-up care in this study referred to receiving TBI-related educational materials at discharge, a call from the hospital within two weeks after release, seeing a provider within two weeks, or seeing a provider within three months.

According to the findings, 44 percent of the 831 patients who completed questionnaires 2 weeks and 3 months after sustaining reported seeing a doctor or other provider within three months. Of those patients, 15 percent visited a clinic that specialized in head

Approximately half of the patients saw a and close to a third reported seeing more than one type of doctor.

Additionally, among the 279 patients with three or more moderate-to-severe post-concussive symptoms, 41 percent had not had a follow-up visit at three months after discharge. Approximately half of the patients were discharged without TBI educational materials.

Rates and components of follow-up care after TBI varied widely from institution to institution, even among patients with the same initial degree of injury.

The study appears in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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First Published: Sun, May 27 2018. 12:27 IST