Postconcussive symptom reporting among US combat veterans with mild traumatic brain injury from Operation Iraqi Freedom

Research Type: 
Concussion Literature

Summary: Concussion is associated with reports of negative health consequences among combat veterans even when accounting for co-occuring psychological mobidity. SMs with provider-diagnosed concussion (n = 334) were compared with 658 SMs with non-head injuries identified from the Post-Deployment Health Assessments and Re-Assessments in the Expeditionary Medical Encounter Database. Those with concussion were 3.4 times more likely to report headache, 2.1 times more likely to report dizziness, and 1.8 times more likely to report back pain or memory problems compared with those with non-head injuries. Among those with concussion, self-reported decline in health was most associated with memory problems and dizziness.

Citation:  MacGregor, AJ, Dougherty, AL, Tang, JJ and Galarneau, MR. 2013. Postconcussive symptom reporting among US combat veterans with mild traumatic brain injury from Operation Iraqi Freedom. J Head Trauma Rehabil 28(1):59-67.
Publication Date: 
2013