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Exploring new avenues of public education, diagnosis and treatment for traumatic brain injury: compiling professional opinions Public

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  • Affecting an estimated 1.7 million people annually, traumatic brain injury has been labeled a major public health threat. As the leading cause of death and disability in young people, and the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the issue is drawing increased media attention. Analyses begin by addressing the relevance of TBI in the context of recent news coverage, followed by the necessity of new TBI research. The aim of the project is to pinpoint means for improving care for patients with TBI. Opinions on expected research trajectories were collected from a series of guided interviews. Interviews prompted and explored the concerns and suggestions of prominent local medical professionals who routinely treat TBI patients. Interviews were interlaced with recently published peer reviewed journal information and related media highlights in a type of modernized literature review. Qualitative data was organized into themes focused on improving public education, diagnosis and treatment/long term outcome predictors for individuals who have sustained TBI. Results point towards areas in need of increased attention and understanding.
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