Counting the people disabled by head injury

Injury. 1987 Jan;18(1):7-9. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(87)90374-3.


Figures for the incidence of head injury are frequently cited but there has been no accurate estimate and the number of individuals left with persistent disability is not exactly known. This study identified all those admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of head injury, in a known population. In 1 year there were 160 survivors of head injury per 100,000 of population. Rates of disability of 0.38 per 100,000 in need of care and 0.75 per 100,000 unemployable and primarily in need of occupation, were found, excluding those over 65 years old.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amnesia / epidemiology
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / complications
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / therapy
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Unemployment