Mild traumatic brain injury: an update for advanced practice nurses

J Neurosci Nurs. 2007 Feb;39(1):43-51.


Nearly 75% of persons with brain injury experience a mild injury. These people do not often enter the healthcare system by traditional means, nor do they always present with visible signs and symptoms of injury. In fact, people who experienced brain trauma are likely to seek help in primary care settings and from advanced practice nurses (APNs). Because the symptom experience can be complicated by impaired perception or mood, delays in seeking help, and faulty explanations for their symptoms, APNs need to rule out competing diagnoses, offer brief psychoeducational treatment, and refer the person to an appropriate specialist for therapy when needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / nursing*
  • Brain Injuries / therapy
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Nurse Clinicians*
  • Specialties, Nursing / methods*