Mild Traumatic Brain Injury—Obstacles to Service Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem and is the leading cause of death and life-long disability among persons in the United States. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders with an estimated 300,000 new cases each year (Guerrero, Thurman, & ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury—Obstacles to Service
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  • Melissa C. Duff
    University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign
  • Adele Proctor
    University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury—Obstacles to Service
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2002, Vol. 8, 13-14. doi:10.1044/cds8.3.13
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2002, Vol. 8, 13-14. doi:10.1044/cds8.3.13
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem and is the leading cause of death and life-long disability among persons in the United States. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders with an estimated 300,000 new cases each year (Guerrero, Thurman, & Sniezek, 2000). According to the National Center of Health Statistics, 85% of all TBIs are classified as mild. Despite its prevalence, MTBI has been referred to as an elusive and silent disorder, reflecting how difficult it can be to diagnose and treat. The number of individuals with TBI is increasing dramatically with advances in medial technology, improved services and an increased number of hospital emergency departments, resulting in more individuals surviving TBI each year (Raymond, Bennett, Hartleage, & Cullum, 2000).
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