Cognitive functioning following traumatic brain injury: the first 5 years

Marsh, Nigel V. (2018) Cognitive functioning following traumatic brain injury: the first 5 years. NeuroRehabilitation, 43 (4). pp. 377-386.

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OBJECTIVE: This study reports the results from a 5-year longitudinal investigation of the prevalence and severity of cognitive deficits following significant (i.e., ventilation required for > 24 hours) traumatic brain injury. The changes in performance, either improvement or decline, across five domains of cognitive functioning are described.

METHOD: A group of 56 adults was assessed at approximately 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years following injury.

RESULTS: Impairment was evident on all measures but prevalence and rate of improvement varied. Overall, by 5 years post-injury over 85% of patients were not impaired on measures of general intelligence, simple attention, and visual perception. However, 28% of patients continued to show some degree of impairment on complex attention and verbal fluency, and performance on verbal memory remained impaired for 60% of patients. There was also evidence for deterioration in complex attention and verbal memory between 1 year and 5 years. ANOVAs showed that improvement occurred on most measures between 6 months and 1 year, but there was both improvement and decline on some measures between 1 year and 5 years.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings show that there is considerable heterogeneity in cognitive outcome following TBI, with some deterioration evident over the long term.

Item ID: 58810
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-6448
Keywords: cognition, head injury, outcome, longitudinal design, neuropsychological assessment, long-term follow-up
Funders: Neurological Foundation of New Zealand
Projects and Grants: NF 98/17PG
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 22:51
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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