Mild traumatic brain injury: Toward understanding manifestations and treatment

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

149 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Mild traumatic brain injury is misleading as a diagnostic term, as it may include a spectrum of manifestations ranging from transient mild symptoms to ongoing disabling problems. It is a source of significant economic burden to society in terms of days lost from work and costs related to medical treatment. Symptomatic individuals will frequently present to primary care general medical practitioners days, weeks, or even months after the trauma. General medical practitioners are thus put in the position of being the 'gatekeepers' of medical care for such patients and become responsible for appropriate determination and authorization of medical tests, specialized referrals, and treatment. The purpose of this article, which is based on a review of the literature to 1997, is to provide physicians with an understanding of mild traumatic brain injury, including manifestations and treatment, as it occurs commonly and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1617-1624
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume158
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 1998
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Brain Concussion
General Practitioners
Primary Health Care
Patient Care
Therapeutics
Referral and Consultation
Economics
Quality of Life
Physicians
Costs and Cost Analysis
Wounds and Injuries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

Cite this

Mild traumatic brain injury : Toward understanding manifestations and treatment. / Kushner, David.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 158, No. 15, 24.08.1998, p. 1617-1624.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{1505a623d27e4d8c997071c75fc31287,
title = "Mild traumatic brain injury: Toward understanding manifestations and treatment",
abstract = "Mild traumatic brain injury is misleading as a diagnostic term, as it may include a spectrum of manifestations ranging from transient mild symptoms to ongoing disabling problems. It is a source of significant economic burden to society in terms of days lost from work and costs related to medical treatment. Symptomatic individuals will frequently present to primary care general medical practitioners days, weeks, or even months after the trauma. General medical practitioners are thus put in the position of being the 'gatekeepers' of medical care for such patients and become responsible for appropriate determination and authorization of medical tests, specialized referrals, and treatment. The purpose of this article, which is based on a review of the literature to 1997, is to provide physicians with an understanding of mild traumatic brain injury, including manifestations and treatment, as it occurs commonly and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected.",
author = "David Kushner",
year = "1998",
month = "8",
day = "24",
doi = "10.1001/archinte.158.15.1617",
language = "English",
volume = "158",
pages = "1617--1624",
journal = "JAMA Internal Medicine",
issn = "2168-6106",
publisher = "American Medical Association",
number = "15",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Mild traumatic brain injury

T2 - Toward understanding manifestations and treatment

AU - Kushner, David

PY - 1998/8/24

Y1 - 1998/8/24

N2 - Mild traumatic brain injury is misleading as a diagnostic term, as it may include a spectrum of manifestations ranging from transient mild symptoms to ongoing disabling problems. It is a source of significant economic burden to society in terms of days lost from work and costs related to medical treatment. Symptomatic individuals will frequently present to primary care general medical practitioners days, weeks, or even months after the trauma. General medical practitioners are thus put in the position of being the 'gatekeepers' of medical care for such patients and become responsible for appropriate determination and authorization of medical tests, specialized referrals, and treatment. The purpose of this article, which is based on a review of the literature to 1997, is to provide physicians with an understanding of mild traumatic brain injury, including manifestations and treatment, as it occurs commonly and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected.

AB - Mild traumatic brain injury is misleading as a diagnostic term, as it may include a spectrum of manifestations ranging from transient mild symptoms to ongoing disabling problems. It is a source of significant economic burden to society in terms of days lost from work and costs related to medical treatment. Symptomatic individuals will frequently present to primary care general medical practitioners days, weeks, or even months after the trauma. General medical practitioners are thus put in the position of being the 'gatekeepers' of medical care for such patients and become responsible for appropriate determination and authorization of medical tests, specialized referrals, and treatment. The purpose of this article, which is based on a review of the literature to 1997, is to provide physicians with an understanding of mild traumatic brain injury, including manifestations and treatment, as it occurs commonly and can significantly impact the quality of life of those affected.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0032563726&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0032563726&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1001/archinte.158.15.1617

DO - 10.1001/archinte.158.15.1617

M3 - Article

C2 - 9701095

AN - SCOPUS:0032563726

VL - 158

SP - 1617

EP - 1624

JO - JAMA Internal Medicine

JF - JAMA Internal Medicine

SN - 2168-6106

IS - 15

ER -