CDC’s Report to Congress on The Management of TBI in Children

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. A bump, blow, or jolt to the head can cause a TBI. With the brain still developing, a child is especially at risk for long-term effects from a TBI. Mild TBI, referred to as mTBI or concussion, is most common.

Dr. Yeates’s research program, which is supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant entitled, “Advancing Concussion Assessment and Treatment in Children and Youth (A-CATChY),” has two core aims. The first is to improve diagnosis and prognosis of mTBI by focusing on assessment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a Report to Congress on The Management of TBI in Children, which details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. The report:

  • Identifies gaps in care
  • Provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and
  • Highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.

Most of the TBI recovery process occurs after initial injury care, making coordination among parents, healthcare providers, and educational systems crucial. The CDC report also includes detailed opportunities for action to improve care coordination after a TBI to maximize children’s potential for recovery and achievement of optimal outcomes. To learn more, read the report here.

Extract: "It is widely recognized that children with a brain injury are underidentified for health and educational services and under-served by existing supports, placing them at risk for poor health and educational outcomes."

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