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Traumatic brain injury: integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research

The Lancet Neurology has just published a special issue on Traumatic Brain Injury, which opens by suggesting that the global issue of traumatic brain injury needs to be addressed.

Co-authored by Cambridge University’s Prof. David Menon the issue was launched at the EU Parliament.  This is the most authoritative recent overview of TBI – and has a range of recommendations that need to be followed up on I policy terms).

 see: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/onlineFirst

Key issues are:

  • the huge burden and devastating impact of TBI– globally and in the UK, especially in terms of injury in children and young people and the risk of degenerative illness leading to many years of living with significant disability
  • the need  to make TBI a priority for public health from prevention through to psycho-pharmacology for rehabilitation with better allocation of resources
  • significant advances in research – despite chronic underfunding  – indicate tremendous potential improvements in lived years of survivors – and return to productive activity
  • many examples of best practice being from UK and are Globally leading…