Improving access to pediatric neurorehabilitation for patients with moderate and severe head injuries.

Poppy Siddell
Poppy Siddell
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Jonathan Jones
Jonathan Jones
The Sainsbury Laboratory
United Kingdom

Dev Neurorehabil 2017 Oct 2;20(7):452-455. Epub 2016 Sep 2.

b Paediatric Neuropsychology , The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds General Infirmary , Great George Street, Leeds , UK.

Introduction: The majority of severely injured children in England have a significant head injury and will be seen in Major Trauma Centers (MTCs). The period following brain injury represents an opportunity to influence recovery of neurological function. The study sought to determine whether children who had sustained a head injury were referred for neurorehabilitation.

Method: The study was conducted over one year at one center. Children sustaining a moderate or severe head injury were identified and compared to those referred for neurorehabilitation.

Results: A total of 41 patients were identified; 16/41 (39%) were referred for neurorehabilitation. Group comparison revealed significant associations between referral status and age (X(3) = 8.35, p = 0.039), injury mechanism (X(1) = 8.12, p = 0.017), injury severity (X(1) = 21.3, p < 0.000), and imaging findings (X(1) = 11.71, p = 0.001).

Discussion: Data reveal concerns for access to neurorehabilitation. Improved access to neurorehabilitation permitting long-term follow-up is required. The establishment of MTCs provides an opportunity to enact this.

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