Health-related quality of life and psychosocial consequences after mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents.

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  • BACKGROUND: Little is known about the course of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and functional outcome parameters in children and adolescents with TBI. In addition, a neuropsychological screening instrument would be useful for routine clinical care. OBJECTIVE: To describe health-related quality of life and psychosocial consequences following mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: One chose a prospective, longitudinal design (two measurement time points). Methods included a telephone interview and a questionnaire, which was mailed to the parents whose children (older than 4 years of age) were admitted (with TBI) to a collaborating hospital. In addition, a feasibility study for screening children for cognitive side effects, attention and memory tasks was conducted. A group of 59 parents filled out questionnaires assessing health-related quality of life (KINDL), behavioural problems (SDQ) and health status (FS-II-R). Ten families participated in the feasibility study. RESULTS: Results indicated that HRQOL, behavioural problems and health status remained stable over time. Compared to the reference groups, no significant differences in HRQOL were noted. Thirty per cent of the children screened were classified as being cognitively impaired. CONCLUSION: Mild TBI resulted in no decline in the children's health outcome after injury. The cognitive screening approach proved itself to be a useful instrument for routine clinical care.
  • BACKGROUND: Little is known about the course of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and functional outcome parameters in children and adolescents with TBI. In addition, a neuropsychological screening instrument would be useful for routine clinical care. OBJECTIVE: To describe health-related quality of life and psychosocial consequences following mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: One chose a prospective, longitudinal design (two measurement time points). Methods included a telephone interview and a questionnaire, which was mailed to the parents whose children (older than 4 years of age) were admitted (with TBI) to a collaborating hospital. In addition, a feasibility study for screening children for cognitive side effects, attention and memory tasks was conducted. A group of 59 parents filled out questionnaires assessing health-related quality of life (KINDL), behavioural problems (SDQ) and health status (FS-II-R). Ten families participated in the feasibility study. RESULTS: Results indicated that HRQOL, behavioural problems and health status remained stable over time. Compared to the reference groups, no significant differences in HRQOL were noted. Thirty per cent of the children screened were classified as being cognitively impaired. CONCLUSION: Mild TBI resulted in no decline in the children's health outcome after injury. The cognitive screening approach proved itself to be a useful instrument for routine clinical care.
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