A comparison of new and existing mild traumatic brain injury vignettes : recommendations for research into post-concussion syndrome

Sullivan, Karen A., Edmed, Shannon, & Cunningham, Lauren (2013) A comparison of new and existing mild traumatic brain injury vignettes : recommendations for research into post-concussion syndrome. Brain Injury, 27(1), pp. 19-30.

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OBJECTIVE: To review and compare the mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) vignettes used in postconcussion syndrome (PCS) research, and to develop 3 new vignettes.

METHOD: The new vignettes were devised using World Health Organization (WHO) mTBI diagnostic criteria [1]. Each vignette depicted a very mild (VM), mild (M), or severe (S) brain injury. Expert review (N = 27) and readability analysis was used to validate the new vignettes and compare them to 5 existing vignettes.

RESULTS: The response rate was 44%. The M vignette and existing vignettes were rated as depicting a mTBI; however, the fit-to-criteria of these vignettes differed significantly. The fit-to-criteria of the M vignette was as good as that of 3 existing vignettes and significantly better than 2 other vignettes. As expected, the VM and S vignettes were a poor fit-to-criteria.

CONCLUSIONS: These new vignettes will assist PCS researchers to test the limits of important etiology factors by varying the severity of depicted injuries.

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ID Code: 56924
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2012.698360
ISSN: 0269-9052
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Brain Injury © 2013 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Brain Injury is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2013 03:22
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 14:44

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