It is recognized that survivors of traumatic brain injury have to cope with numerous life challenges. The growing concern for the number of veterans returning with a brain injury has prompted a tremendous influx of research. These new studies contribute to the understanding of brain injury in both civilian and military populations.
The Institute of Medicine recently created a Committee on Gulf War and Health for Brain Injury in Veterans and Long-Term Health Outcomes. The results of their research reviews were published in the December 2009 issue of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
While many of the results should come as no surprise to people dealing with traumatic brain injury (for instance that TBI is associated with unemployment, depression, or cognitive deficits), the Committee also outlined health trends that are not as well known. Here we present a short summary of the Committee's findings on the social, cognitive, neurological, and psychiatric long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury