Analysis of natural survey data has found that an estimated 2.5 percent of U.S. children have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their lifetime.
Why The Research Is Interesting: This study analyzed national survey data to estimate how common it is for children to have a TBI during their lifetime based on reports from parents of a concussion or brain injury diagnosed by a health care professional.
‘Traumatic brain injury in children is a public health concern because such injuries send children to emergency departments and carry risk for long-term adverse outcomes.’
Who, What and When: An analysis of data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health to estimate lifetime TBI in children, associated childhood health conditions, and health insurance type and adequacy based on reports from parents.
How (Study Design): This was a data analysis.
Authors: Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, and coauthors.
Study Limitations: The study didn't examine medical records and relies on parents reporting diagnoses.
To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.
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