Traumatic Brain Injury in Iowa: Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network Outcome Evaluation 2007-2009, August 2011

(2011) Traumatic Brain Injury in Iowa: Iowa Brain Injury Resource Network Outcome Evaluation 2007-2009, August 2011. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Termed the “silent epidemic,” traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most debilitating outcome of injury, and is characterized by the irreversibility of its damages, long-term effects on quality of life and healthcare costs. The latest data available from the CDC estimate that nationally, 52,000 people die each year from TBI2. In Iowa, TBI is a major public health problem. The numbers and rates of hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits due to TBIs are steadily increasing. From 2006 to 2008, there were on average 545 injury deaths per year. Among the injured Iowans, TBI constituted nearly 30 percent (545) of all injury deaths, ten percent (1,591) of people hospitalized and seven percent (17,696) of ED visitors. 3 The state of Iowa has been supporting secondary prevention services to TBI survivors for several years. An Iowa organization that has made a significant effort in assisting TBI survivors is the Brain Injury Association of Iowa (BIAIA). The BIAIA administers the IBIRN program in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) through HRSA TBI Implementation grant funding and state appropriations.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Injury, Public Health
Subjects: Health and medicine
Social issues and programs > Disabilities
ID Code: 14206
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2013 16:01
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 16:01
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/14206