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Cognitive indicators of vocational outcome after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in childhood


Autor/in:

Nybo, T.; Koskiniemi, M.


Herausgeber/in:

k. A.


Quelle:

Brain Injury, 1999, Volume 13 (Number 10), Seite 759-766, London: Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 0269-9052


Jahr:

1999



Abstract:


Recent studies suggest that plasticity does not benefit outcome when diffuse cerebral pathology of the young child's brain is concerned. Thirty-three patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) at preschool age were followed-up until adulthood. After the age of 18 years, a thorough neurological, neuropsychological and social evaluation, including detailed patient history and assessment of identity, was made by the team.

When the youngest patients were 21 years old, the study was completed, with a questionnaire assessing employment status and ability to live independently. Twenty-seven per cent of the patients worked full time, 21% had subsidised work, 37% lived independently at home and 15% needed help with every-day functions. Tests measuring speed, executive and memory functions were significantly associated with vocational outcome, as was the sense identity, which was independent of the test scores.

The results support the recent reports on the vulnerability of a young child's brain to early trauma. The study also strongly suggests that the final assessment of outcome after childhood TBI should be done in adulthood.


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R/ZA1435


Informationsstand: 04.03.2004

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