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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 4, 2013

Data Don’t Tell the Whole Story of TBI in the United States

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JAMA. 2013;310(9):895. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.254267

Current data underestimate the national burden of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States, according to an account in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Recent reports indicate that TBI caused or contributed to at least 2.4 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in 2009 and that nearly one-third of all injury deaths include a diagnosed TBI. In addition, an estimated 5.3 million US residents are living with TBI-related disabilities, including long-term cognitive and psychological impairments.