Research Reports - Mild traumatic brain injury: A description of how children and youths between 16 and 18 years of age perform leisure activities after 1 year

Dev Neurorehabil. 2012 Oct 3

Jonsson C, Andersson EE

Objective: The aim is to describe how children and youths perform leisure
activities, 1 year after a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Methods: Basis is
to compile previously collected material; patients were extracted from a
prospective randomized controlled trial of MTBI. A retrospective analysis was
conducted among 73 children and youths between 16 and 18 years of age. The entire
group administrated the Interest Checklist at baseline and at 1-year follow-up.
Results: Statistical significant difference was found in 31 of 50 different
activities. The result showed that children and youths did not return to perform
leisure activities. Fewer returned in the intervention group than in the control
group. Conclusion: An occupational therapist can help children and youths to have
balance in their life and continue a functional life after a MTBI. Continued
research is needed, how to prevent MTBI and how to support children and youths to
continue with leisure activities.

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