Many US kids with brain injuries not getting needed rehab

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Many US kids with brain injuries not getting needed rehab

April 20, 2018

Overall, children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries had greater functional impairments and required more rehab services than kids with mild injuries. 

Many children hospitalized in the U.S. for brain injuries don't receive all the rehabilitation services needed for them to potentially make a full recovery, a new study suggests. 
Researchers interviewed parents and children four times over two years after kids had a head injury.

Overall, children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries had greater functional impairments and required more rehab services than kids with mild injuries. 

"Mild brain injuries are more common than moderate to severe brain injuries, so there are a greater number of children who may be at risk of having unmet health care needs after being hospitalized for a mild brain injury," said study leader Dr. Molly Fuentes of the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development.

 

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