The relationship between age and the self-report of health symptoms in persons with traumatic brain injury

Sabrina T. Breed, Steven R. Flanagan, Kathleen R. Watson

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Abstract

Breed ST, Flanagan SR, Watson KR. The relationship between age and the self-report of health symptoms in persons with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2004;85(4 Suppl 2):S61-7. Objective To examine the impact of age on health problems related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Design Case-control study using a survey instrument. Setting Outpatient setting of a large urban tertiary care hospital. Participants Young and old community dwellers with histories of TBI and control subjects matched for age. Intervention Structured interview using the Living Life After TBI assessment tool. Main outcome measure Symptom reporting on 52 potential health problems. Results Individuals with TBI reported significantly more overall health problems than those without TBI. Younger subjects with TBI reported more problems than their nondisabled, age-matched peers with their patterns of sleep as well as with their metabolic/endocrine, neurologic, and musculoskeletal systems. Conclusions Older people with TBI were more likely than nondisabled, age-matched peers to report problems with their metabolic/endocrine and neurologic systems. Younger people with TBI were more likely than older people with TBI to report difficulty falling asleep.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume85
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004

Keywords

  • Age of onset
  • Brain injuries
  • Health status
  • Rehabilitation

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