Many Children Are Not Seen By Primary Care Doctors After Hospital Discharge For Traumatic Brain Injury

Many Children Are Not Seen By Primary Care Doctors After Hospital Discharge For Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted By Scarlett Law Group || 31-Jul-2012

A recent study has found that, even when fully insured, many children who sustain a brain injury may go to the hospital, but will not be taken for follow-up appointments with their primary care physicians. Considering that pediatric brain injury can result in challenges that don't appear until years later, it is a significant health care gap that children are not receiving follow-up treatment from their regular doctors.

Research shows that primary care doctors are ideally positioned to watch for changes in a child's needs in the years after a brain injury. Schools may also be in a position to watch for changes, but often there is a lack of personnel trained in traumatic brain injury evaluation.

The researchers of the study suggest that long-term care plans need to be developed and implemented to bridge this healthcare gap.

Keenan HT, Murphy NA, Staheli R, & Savitz LA. Healthcare utilization in the first year after pediatric traumatic brain injury in an insured population. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. (July 2012).

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