Return to work and social adjustment after traumatic head injury

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1987;85(1-2):40-3. doi: 10.1007/BF01402368.


During follow-up of 485 adult patients with mainly mild head injury 27% of the patients were unemployed after an observation period of 3-5 years (mean 4.0 years). The length of sick leave during the last 3 years was longer than for a control group. Reduced physical capacity and time of sick leave during the last 3 years were the variables which were most closely associated with unemployment at follow-up. The long term family life, contact with friends and income were less favourable in the head injured patients than in the control group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absenteeism
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / psychology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma* / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Unemployment*