Research Brief: Studying long-term outcomes among veterans with traumatic brain injuries

Research Brief: Studying long-term outcomes among veterans with traumatic brain injuries

By: Administrator Date: March 15th, 2018

Core member Christine Mac Donald, Ph.D., is conducting long-term studies following active duty service members and veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries sustained in combat. By studying injured soldiers from their initial treatment through several years, Mac Donald is able to examine trajectories and changes that would be missed in cross-sectional studies, which could lead to better post-injury support for impacted individuals and their families.

Funding sources for her research have included the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health.

Additional Reading:

“The Invisible Wounds of War,” The Huddle; Nov. 6, 2017.

“Early Clinical Predictors of 5-Year Outcome After Concussive Blast Traumatic Brain Injury,” JAMA Neurology; July 1, 2017; Mac Donald CL, Barber J, Jordan M, Johnson AM, Dikmen S, Fann JR, Temkin N.

This brief is part of a series featuring recent and ongoing TBI research by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center members. Read more from this research series or visit the TBI Research Section website.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret

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