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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).