A new study indicates that many patients who visit the emergency room with head trauma or a mild concussion are not receiving sufficient follow-up treatment, whether that be examinations or recommendations for care.
Less Than Half Overall Receive Follow Up or Educational Materials
Only 44% of patients said they had seen a physician or other medical practitioners in the 3-month span following their injury. Among the group of patients who had had 3 or more moderate to severe symptoms of concussions, just 52% had seen a doctor or other medical practitioners within the 3-month period after their initial ER treatment.
Only 42% of patients said they were given any educational materials about their condition upon discharge from the ER.
More disturbingly, the gaps in follow up and education were seen even when patients had post-concussive symptoms or medical personnel found positive findings on a CT.
The study also found that patients were frequently not told of the severity of their injuries. Brain injury can result from even a minor bump on the head.
Follow up and education are particularly important as traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause a number of symptoms, including dizziness, nausea, depression, headache, and spikes in aggression.
TBI has also been found to heighten the risk of developing dementia.
The study, Transforming Research and Clinical Knowledge in Traumatic Brain Injury (TRACK-TBI) study, was conducted on 800 patients between February 26, 2014 and August 25, 2016.
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TBIs can be caused by even very minor blows or bumps to the head. Patients need to know their condition, and to be given adequate follow-up and education to monitor and deal with the symptoms.
Have you or a loved one experienced head trauma, concussion, or TBI? Do you believe the medical care you received was insufficient? Are you still experiencing symptoms like dizziness, headaches, memory loss and cloudy thinking? If so, we can explain your rights and fight for justice. You may be able to claim just compensation for medical bills, ongoing symptom treatment, and more.
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- Seabury, Seth A., et al. “Assessment of Follow-up Care After Emergency Department Presentation for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion.” JAMA Network Open, May 28, 2018. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2681571
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/index.html