The Neuropsychological Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Number of Pages: 157
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be defined as any mechanical force to the brain that is associated with any loss of consciousness, any memory loss for events immediately before or after the trauma, or any alteration in mental status at the time of injury. According the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a TBI each year. The most common causes of TBI are motor vehicle accidents, accidental falls, sports-related injuries, and physical assaults. Depending upon the severity of the head trauma, TBI is classified clinically as either mild, moderate, or severe.

Clinical neuropsychology is a subspecialty of psychology that focuses on the scientific study and clinical application of brain-behavior relationships. Although TBI patients face many clinical issues, studies have shown that the TBI sequelae that most profoundly impact the day-to-day lives of a significant number of TBI victims are chronic cognitive and behavioral problems that fall strictly within the domain of neuropsychology. The neuropsychological complications of TBI include cognitive disorders, depression, mania, psychosis, anxiety disorders, personality changes, aggression, apathy, and suicide ideation. Research has also demonstrated that neuropsychological problems are more prevalent and longer-lasting in TBI patients as compared to the general population. Approximately 40% of TBI victims suffer from 2 or more neuropsychological disorders. The entire spectrum of TBI severity, from mild to severe, is associated with an increase in neuropsychological disorders.

Although most people who sustain a single, mild TBI recover quickly and completely, a subgroup of patients continue to experience persistent symptoms that prolong recovery. In cases where recovery is unexpectedly delayed due to persistent post-concussion symptoms, a neuropsychological evaluation should be undertaken in order to help identify both injury and non-injury variables that may play a role in prolonging the typical and expected recovery time for these types of head injuries. Once these factors have been more clearly elucidated, interventions can be tailored to address these specific issues to assist TBI patients in improving functional recovery while minimizing distress.

The MediFocus Literature Guide to The Neropsychological Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries is a comprehensive reference guide to the medical literature that is designed to help personal injury lawyers develop a more in-depth understanding of the often significant cognitive and behavioral consequences of traumatic brain injures. This objective is accomplished by a thorough review of the peer-reviewed medical literature published over the past 15 years as documented from case reports, cohort studies, and major topical review articles.

This comprehensive Literature Guide consists of over 180 hand-selected references to articles published in peer-reviewed journals with links to the article Abstracts plus FREE online access to the full-text of select articles. The Guide will be a valuable addition to the library of all personal injury attorneys involved in litigating traumatic brain injury cases.

The Neuropsychological Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 182 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 30 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique "Author Directory" consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about The Neuropsychological Impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries. The "Author Directory" is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • The Role of Neuropsychology in the Evaluation of Concussion
  • Neuropsychological outcomes following traumatic brain injury
  • The validity of the Brain Injury Cognitive Screen (BICS) as a neuropsychological screening assessment for traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.
  • Neuropsychological Outcomes in Patients with Complicated Versus Uncomplicated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: 6-Month Follow-Up
  • Neuropsychological test validity in Veterans presenting with subjective complaints of 'verysevere' cognitive symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Neuropsychological Testing in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Do When Baseline Testing Is Not Available.
  • Neuropsychological Assessment Following Concussion: an Evidence-Based Review of the Role of Neuropsychological Assessment Pre- and Post-Concussion.
  • Neuropsychiatric Predictors of Post-Injury Headache After Mild-Moderate Traumatic BrainInjury in Veterans.
  • Neuropsychological outcome and diffusion tensor imaging in complicated versus uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injury.
  • Risk for broad-spectrum neuropsychiatric disorders after mild traumatic brain injury in a cohort of US Air Force personnel.
  • The DSM-5 approach to the evaluation of traumatic brain injury and its neuropsychiatric sequelae.
  • Neuropsychiatry of pediatric traumatic brain injury.
  • Long-term neurological and neuropsychological outcome in patients with severe traumatic brain injury.
  • Understanding the neuropsychiatric consequences associated with significant traumatic brain injury.
  • Neuropsychiatry of pediatric traumatic brain injury.
  • Influence of poor effort on neuropsychological test performance in U.S. military personnel following mild traumatic brain injury.
  • The truth effect in relation to neuropsychological functioning in traumatic brain injury.
  • Mild traumatic brain injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: a neuropsychological perspective
  • Post-concussion syndrome: Correlation of neuropsychological deficits, structural lesions on magnetic resonance imaging and symptoms.
  • Sex differences in the long-term neuropsychological outcome of mild traumatic brain injury.
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