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Time of rehabilitation admission and severity of trauma: effect on brain injury outcome.

Authors
  • Spettell, C M1
  • Ellis, D W
  • Ross, S E
  • Sandel, M E
  • O'Malley, K F
  • Stein, S C
  • Spivack, G
  • Hurley, K E
  • 1 Institute of Brain Injury Research and Training, Mediplex Rehab-Camden, NJ 08103.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1991
Volume
72
Issue
5
Pages
320–325
Identifiers
PMID: 2009049
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Outcome after traumatic brain injury, defined by the Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) and length of stay in acute rehabilitation, was measured in 59 patients admitted to an intensive rehabilitation program to examine the effects of severity of the initial brain injury, severity of multiple trauma, and length of stay in the acute care hospital. Severity of initial brain injury, best measured by length of coma, was the most significant predictor of GOS outcome. Length of acute hospitalization was a small, but significant, predictor of GOS. Severity of initial brain injury, length of acute hospitalization, and gender emerged as predictors of length of rehabilitation hospital stay. Although length of acute hospitalization is apparently affected by severity of brain injury, it adds significantly--more than severity of brain injury--to the prediction of length of rehabilitation.

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