Brain Injury: Long term outcome after traumatic brain injury


Brain Injury: Long term outcome after traumatic brain injury

Gerard M Ribbers, MDPh.D.
Associate professor
Rotterdam Neurorehabilitation Research (RoNeRes)
Rijndam rehabilitation centre & Erasmus MC
P.O. Box 23181
3001 KD Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Introduction

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the number one cause of mortality and disability in young adults in modern Western societies. In Europe annually 1,6 million patients with TBI are admitted to hospital and 66.000 die. Direct healthcare costs related to TBI are estimated at € 2.9 billion per year. In Europe an estimated 8 million people experience some level of disability caused by TBI (Willemse-van Son, 2009). In the USA 1.6 million people sustain a TBI each year, approximately 50.000 people die from a TBI and 125.000 are disabled one year after injury. In 2000 it was estimated that the economic burden of TBI of all severities in the USAwas about 60 billion dollars (Finkelstein, 2006).

Read more – Source:

Ribbers GM. 2013. Brain Injury: Long term outcome after traumatic brain injury. In: JH Stone, M Blouin, editors. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. Available online: http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/en/article/338/

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