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Recurring Hospital Visits After Traumatic Brain Injury

Any chronic condition or injury places a person at greater odds of being hospitalized several times, and people who experience a traumatic brain injury (who frequently suffer from the chronic effects of the injury) are no exception. People who are older are at higher risk of sustaining multiple TBIs (often from falls), which can result in multiple hospital visits. TBIs can also make a person susceptible to dizziness or vision problems, which can increase the risk of falls and another hospital visit.

A recent Canadian study found that more than one-third of people who were admitted to the hospital for a TBI were subsequently re-admitted within the next three years. The risk factors for multiple hospital admissions included older age, injury from a fall, more severe TBI at first admission, living in a rural area, co-existing medical issues, and co-existing psychiatric issues.

These results show that people with greater access to care (i.e., people who live in urban areas) are less likely to be re-hospitalized. Additionally, people who are at high-risk, such as those who are older or have multiple health issues, should have greater healthcare support in the years after the initial TBI.

Source: Saverino C, Swaine B, Jagal S, et al. Re-hospitalization after traumatic brain injury: A population-based study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (February 2016).

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