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Predicting the Outcomes of Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Keith Owen Yeates, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary

Presented: April 17, 2017 

ABSTRACT: Pediatric mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), including concussion, is a significant public health problem, with the number of children seeking medical care rising dramatically in recent years. This presentation will summarize what is known regarding the outcomes of children with mTBI, and highlight conceptual and methodological issues that arise in research in this area. The presentation will focus on studies by the speaker and his colleagues suggesting that the outcomes of mTBI reflect a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and environmental influences, the relative importance of which likely vary from child to child. The presentation will also discuss recent analyses focused on the prediction of which children are at high risk for poor outcomes after mTBI. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the implications of the research literature for both clinical assessment and management of children with mTBI. 

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