Kertia L Black

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OBJECTIVE To identify the frequency and manifestations of depression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the factors that contribute to developing this mood disorder. DESIGN A prospective, nationwide, multicenter study; 17 centers supplied data from medical records and patient responses on a standardized criterion instrument. SETTING Traumatic Brain(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the association between early computed tomography (CT) scan findings and the need for assistance with ambulation, activities of daily living (ADLs), and supervision at rehabilitation discharge and at 1 year after traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN Prospective longitudinal design. SETTING Seventeen Traumatic Brain Injury Model(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine billing patterns and predictors of healthcare utilization and costs associated with traumatic brain injury. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study of healthcare billings for 63 survivors of traumatic brain injury, over a 19-mo period, using a state-sponsored Medicaid program. The relationship of indicators of injury severity and disability(More)
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is routinely used in the acute care setting after traumatic brain injury (TBI) to guide decisions in triage, based on its ability to predict morbidity and mortality. Although the GCS has been previously demonstrated to predict mortality, efficacy in prediction of functional outcome has not been established. The purpose of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relation between duration of posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) and functional outcome in a traumatically brain injured population. PATIENTS Two hundred seventy-six patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who were admitted to a Level I university trauma center and required inpatient rehabilitation. MEASURES Duration of PTA was(More)
Levels of sexual satisfaction and sexual drive in women with spinal cord injuries were examined. Eighty-four spinal cord injured (SCI) women and thirty-seven able-bodied (AB) control subjects completed the Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory which measured current level of sexual functioning in 10 areas: information, experience, drive, attitude,(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of an in-room calendar to correct temporal disorientation in a brain-injured population. Thirty consecutive brain injured patients (16 traumatic, 14 non-traumatic) admitted to a brain injury rehabilitation unit were randomly assigned to either a group with in-room calendars (n = 14) or a group(More)
Recent studies have clarified the role of hypoxic-ischemic damage as a secondary factor in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many trauma centers are now consistently using the Revised Trauma Score (Glasgow Coma Scale, systolic blood pressure, and respiratory rate) to assist with triage of multitrauma patients. This study investigated the predictive power of the(More)
The purpose of our study was to describe the outcomes of persons with penetrating brain injury resulting from a gunshot wound to the head. It is a prospective study of 442 patients admitted with gunshot wounds to the head over a 7 year period to our University Trauma Center Emergency Department, an urban trauma center and an inpatient rehabilitation(More)
Balance dysfunction is commonly observed following traumatic brain injury. There are many proposed predictors of functional outcome in the traumatic brain injury population. It was hypothesized that the degree of balance dysfunction on admission to rehabilitation would be a significant predictor of the need for assistance at discharge, as measured by the(More)