Patient Video Discharge Information May Improve the Rate of Recovery from Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

Patient in Wheelchair at Hospital

Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs), also called concussions, are very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year in the United States. Concussions can have serious side effects that last for days, months, or even years. These include headaches, cognitive impairment, nausea, and fatigue. Some side effects may also be permanent.

Treatment for mTBIs often involves mental and physical rest. This gives the brain a chance to heal without having to exert energy for daily activities. Thus, patients often must avoid watching TV, using cell phones, studying, or doing any mental or physical exercise that causes the brain to focus and work. Research in previous years has shown that providing informational packets to patients who are being discharged helps them recover faster than those who do not receive educational materials. Specifically, healthcare providers who give patients information have seen a reduced amount of post-injury symptoms, helping the patients get back to normal life and recover more quickly.

Current research into this topic has provided interesting results:

The Methods of the Research

In a recent study done by Hoek A., van den Hamer M., and Deelstra CK, et. al., the correlation between providing online video instructions to patients being discharged for mTBIs and their rate of recovery was examined. Specifically, the researchers studied the attitudes of people toward an instructional video through a cross-sectional study. A patient care video that provided information about symptom treatment and mTBI recovery was shown to 150 participants, including healthcare providers, mTBI patients, and uninjured people.

The Results of the Research

After the results were tallied, the researchers found that many participants displayed positive attitudes toward the educational video. 50% of the mTBI patients expressed willingness to receive additional video instructions after watching the video, and 84% of mTBI patients said that verbal information from physicians was an essential part of post-TBI recovery information. Furthermore, 70% of uninjured participants and 94% of healthcare professionals stated that the educational video was an important supplement to discharge instructional materials given to patients.

The Implications of the Research

The research shows that patients experience less post-injury symptoms from a TBI when they receive educational materials by their doctors. Thus, providing an educational video about TBI recovery and symptoms may help patients heal faster and enjoy an improved quality of life. Further research can be done into the subject to determine whether providing a video in addition to written and verbal information may benefit patients trying to heal from mild traumatic brain injuries.

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