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LONG-TERM MENTAL FATIGUE AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND IMPACT ON EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Samuel Palm
Lars Rönnbäck
Birgitta Johansson
Publicerad i Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volym 49
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 228-233
ISSN 1650-1977
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi
Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi, sektionen för klinisk neurovetenskap
Sidor 228-233
Språk en
Länkar doi.org/10.2340/16501977-2190
Ämnesord mental fatigue, traumatic brain injury, employment status, post-concussion, follow-up, head-injury, symptoms, recovery, return, methylphenidate, disability, complaints, frequency, quality, Rehabilitation, Sport Sciences
Ämneskategorier Neurovetenskaper, Idrottsvetenskap

Sammanfattning

Objective: Long-term mental fatigue following traumatic brain injury is endorsed as one of the most distressing symptoms, interfering considerably with return to work and social life. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to estimate the prevalence of long-term mental fatigue after traumatic brain injury and to evaluate its association with employment status. Methods: All patients (age range 19-65 years) diagnosed with traumatic brain injury irrespective of severity at Kungalv Hospital, Kungalv, Sweden, over a period of 5 years (n = 613) were invited by post to respond to questions about their injury, employment status and complete a questionnaire about mental fatigue, the Mental Fatigue Scale (MFS). Results: A response rate of 38% was achieved. Among respondents, 39% scored above the MFS cutoff of 10.5. Higher MFS scores were associated with decreased employment status (p < 0.001). Rating on the MFS was higher for women, for those with a longer initial duration of acute post-traumatic brain injury symptoms, and for those who had previously experienced a traumatic brain injury. No association was found between mental fatigue and age, severity of injury, or time since injury. Conclusion: Long-term mental fatigue was frequent among people who had experienced a traumatic brain injury, and a higher rating on the MFS was associated with decreased employment status.

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