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One year after head injury a substantial proportion of patients showed neuropsychiatric symptoms

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Question What is the prevalence of neuropsychiatric sequelae 1 year after minor head injury?

Design

Inception cohort followed up for 1 year.

Setting

South Glamorgan health district, UK.

Patients

148 adults >17 years of age (median age 40 y, 66% men) admitted to hospital after minor head injury between 1 July, 1994 and 30 June 1995. Inclusion criteria were Glasgow Coma Scale score between 13 and 15 and either a period of lost consciousness after the head injury, or radiological or clinical evidence of brain injury. 90% of patients were followed up for 1 year.

Assessment of prognostic factors

A questionnaire was devised based on a head injury evaluation chart developed by the European Brain Injury Society for the purpose of collecting data from patients and their relatives …

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