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Are concussion services for mild traumatic brain injury cost effective?

Year:
2019
Duration:
36 months
Approved budget:
$246,647.30
Researchers:
Dr Braden Te Ao
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can no longer be thought of as a ‘low cost’ or ‘short- term’ problem. Associated costs account for a disproportionate cost burden at the macro level, with projected lifetime costs for 2020 more than $89 million. Recent evidence now consistently reveals that nearly half of people who experience a mild TBI report long-term difficulties one year later. This study will assess the cost effectiveness of interdisciplinary approaches to concussion services for mild TBI aimed at reducing post-concussion symptoms and improving work productivity and quality of life 1-year post injury. The outcomes from this research will inform long-term needs and appropriateness of healthcare services after mild TBI, resource allocation and potentially decrease the longer-term healthcare costs.