Journal article

Incidence of self-reported brain injury and the relationship with substance abuse: findings from a longitudinal community survey

Robert J Tait, Kaarin J Anstey, Peter Butterworth

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Traumatic or serious brain injury (BI) has persistent and well documented adverse outcomes, yet 'mild' or 'moderate' BI, which often does not result in hospital treatment, accounts for half the total days of disability attributed to BI. There are currently few data available from community samples on the incidence and correlates of these injuries. Therefore, the study aimed to assess the 1) incidence of self-reported mild (not requiring hospital admission) and moderate (admitted to hospital)) brain injury (BI), 2) causes of injury 3) physical health scores and 4) relationship between BI and problematic alcohol or marijuana use. METHODS: An Australian community sequential-cohort s..

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