Child and Proxy Perspectives of the Child's Health-Related Quality of Life 1 Month After a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury


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Abstract

Previous studies have addressed objective changes after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in children, but none have included children's perceptions of their health-related quality of life. The purpose of this descriptive comparative study was to evaluate whether children with mTBI and their proxies perceived a difference in preinjury and 1-month post-injury health-related quality of life. Control groups consisted of children with mild nonbrain injuries and uninjured children and their proxies. No statistically significant differences in health-related quality of life were found between mTBI and uninjured groups or between time points within the mTBI group. Child ratings were significantly lower than their proxies on total generic and physical and psychosocial subscales.

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