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Most patients returned to previous occupational level 1 year after head injury

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Question In patients with mild to moderate head injury, what is the prognostic value of acute injury characteristics and duration of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) on disability, complaints, and return to work at 1 year?


Inception cohort followed up for 1 year.


Groningen, the Netherlands.


70 patients (mean age 33 y, 61% men) who had a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score on admission between 9 and 14 and a duration of PTA of ≥1 hour. Exclusion criteria were previous hospital admission for head injury, drug or alcohol addiction, psychiatric disorder or mental retardation, severe aphasia, or PTA lasting >28 days. 67 patients (96%) were available for 1 year of follow up.

Assessment of prognostic factors

At hospital admission patients …

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