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Severe Penetrating Head Injury: A Follow-up Study

This study examines and describes the functional status of persons surviving a severe penetrating head injury, resulting from a gunshot wound (GSW), who require inpatient rehabilitation. Data was collected prospectively at four different time periods: rehabilitation admission and discharge, year 1and year 2 post-injury. Twenty-seven persons were enrolled in the study. Follow-up data were available at years 1 and 2 post-injury for 16 of these study participants. Results indicated functional improvements on the Disability Rating Scale and Functional Independence Measure from rehabilitation admission to discharge. Follow-up data revealed continued improvements on these measures with the greatest improvement in recovery occurring during the first year post-injury.

Registry Project Number: 168
Lead Investigator: Wertheimer, J
Lead Center for Project: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Collaborating Investigators: Wood, D, Zafonte, R, Hanks, R
Keywords: quality of life, neurobehavioral, depression, behavior, aggression, adjustment
Date of Completion: 12/31/2004
Type: Local
Status of Project: Latest Information Shown

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