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Mild TBI and returning to work

Mon 01 Aug 2022

Researchers in the United States have examined employment outcomes for mild TBI (mTBI) survivors in the first 12 months of injury.

Analysing data from existing records, the researchers found that around a third of survivors (34%) reported returning to work since their brain injury. 59% of mTBI survivors were not working at 2 weeks after injury – of these, the majority reported being on temporary leave (83%) while 7% reported being disabled. At 12 months after injury, 17% of mTBI survivors reported not working. 21% of survivors also reported a decline in their annual income.

The researchers confirmed that survivors who were offered employer assistance in the first 3 months of injury were more likely to report working at 6 and 12 months post-injury. Types of assistance included having a modified schedule, part-time or reduced working hours, or transferring to a position with different tasks.

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Reference: Gaudette, E., Seabury, S.A., Temkin, N., Barber, J., DiGiorgio, A.M., Markowitz, A.J., Manley, G.T. (2022). Employment and Economic Outcomes of Participants With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the TRACK-TBI Study. JAMA Network Open, 5(6). 


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