Traumatic brain injury as a chronic health condition.

Abstract

Growing evidence indicates that multiple types of brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, are dynamic conditions that continue to change years after onset. For a subset of individuals who incur these injuries, decline occurs over time and is likely due to progressive neurodegenerative processes, comorbid conditions, aging, behavioral choices, and/or psychosocial factors. Deterioration, whether directly or indirectly associated with the original brain injury, necessitates a clinical approach as a chronic health condition, including identification of risk and protective factors, protocols for early identification, evidence-based preventive and ameliorative treatment, and training in self-management. We propose that the acknowledgment of chronic brain injury will facilitate the research necessary to provide a disease management approach.

DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.01.023

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@article{Corrigan2013TraumaticBI, title={Traumatic brain injury as a chronic health condition.}, author={John D. Corrigan and Flora M. Hammond}, journal={Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation}, year={2013}, volume={94 6}, pages={1199-201} }