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How common are traumatic brain injuries in children?

JAMA Pediatrics

Bottom Line: An estimated 2.5 percent of U.S. children have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their lifetime based on reports from parents in an analysis of national survey data.

Why The Research Is Interesting: TBI in children is a public health concern because such injuries send children to emergency departments and carry risk for long-term adverse outcomes. 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.

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.


Editor's Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.


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