Rehabilitation needs after haemorrhagic brain injury: Are they similar to those after traumatic brain injury?
Source: Clinical Rehabilitation 6(2):103-110.
Abstract: The present retrospective study describes a survey conducted on 78 patients suffering from spontaneous haemorrhagic brain injury admitted to neuro-rehabilitation center, which was regional, ranging over a period of three years. Assessments were carried out for evaluating residual neuropsychological impairments and activities of daily living (ADL). The results indicated that there was very little difference in the impairment and degree of disability for 53 patients with sub-arachnoid haemorrhage and 25 patients with intra-cerebral haemorrhage, which comprised the sample for the study. The results of this study were compared to the results of patients with traumatic brain injury who were managed in the same unit. The results for the two groups differed in the neuropsychological context but not in terms of the extent of ADL dependence although it was similar. It was also found that patients with haemorrhagic brain injury had a longer length of stay in the unit as compared to the patients with head injury. In conclusion, certain suggestions are made for making similar provisions for haemorrhagic brain injury as available for traumatic brain injury as the former demands more rehabilitation services. (Cirrie Abstract)
Institution: Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Astley Ainslie Hospital, Grange Loan, Edinburgh EH9 2HL, United Kingdom