Journal article

Sleep disturbances in young adults with childhood traumatic brain injury: relationship with fatigue, depression, and quality of life

Edith N Botchway, Celia Godfrey, Nicholas P Ryan, Stephen Hearps, Christian L Nicholas, Vicki A Anderson, Cathy Catroppa

Brain Injury | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: This study assessed the consequences of childhood traumatic brain injury (TBI) on sleep, fatigue, depression, and quality of life (QoL) outcomes and explored the relationships between these variables at 20 years following childhood TBI. PARTICIPANTS: We followed up 54 young adults with mild, moderate, and severe TBI, and 13 typically developing control (TDC) participants, recruited at the time of TBI. METHODS: Sleep was assessed with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and actigraphy. RESULTS: At 20 years postinjury, results showed no significant difference between whole TBI group and TDC participants on subjective sleep quality; however, the moderate TBI group reported significant..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. We thank our collaborators from the Sleep Research Laboratory, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). We also appreciate all participating families for their dedication to this study, and generous participation in this follow-up.