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
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..View full abstract
Awarded by NHMRC
This study was supported by NHMRC Program Grant 179805 and NHMRC Project Grant 157125. The sponsors had no role in the design, conduct or reporting of the research. Anstey and Butterworth are funded by NHMRC Fellowships #366756, #366781.