Survivors of severe traumatic brain injury have a great variety of impairments and participation restrictions. Detailed descriptions of their long-term outcome are critical. We aimed to assess brain injury outcome for subjects with traumatic brain injury in terms of the International classification of functioning, disability and health.
Materials and methods
Four-year follow-up of an inception cohort of adults with severe traumatic brain injury by using face-to-face interviews with patients and proxies.
Among 245 survivors at 4 years, 147 were evaluated (80% male, mean age: 32.5±14.2 years at injury); 46 (32%) presented severe disability, 58 (40%) moderate disability, and 40 (28%) good recovery. Most frequent somatic problems were fatigue, headaches, other pain, and balance. One quarter of subjects had motor impairments. Rates of cognitive complaints ranged from 25 to 68%, the most frequent being memory, irritability, slowness and concentration. With the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, 43% had anxiety and 25% depression. Overall, 79% were independent in daily living activities and 40 to 50% needed help for outdoor or organizational activities on the BICRO-39. Most had regular contacts with relatives or close friends but few contacts with colleagues or new acquaintances. Subjects spent little time in productive activities such as working, studying, looking after children or voluntary work. Quality of life on the QOLIBRI scale was associated with disability level (P<0.0001).
Management of late brain injury needs to focus on cognitive difficulties, particularly social skills, to enhance patient participation in life.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Brain injuries, Craniocerebral trauma, Quality of life, International classification of functioning, disability and health