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Awarded Grant - Acute Care

Measuring Children’s Health Posttraumatic Brain Injury

FOA Number: CE01-013: Grants for Acute Care of Injured Patients
Project Period: 9/30/01–9/29/04
Application/Grant Number: R49-CCR319701-01
Principal Investigator: Melissa McCarthy, ScD
The Johns Hopkins University
Department of Emergency Medicine
1830 East Monument Street, Suite 6-100
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-502-8877
Fax: 410-502-8881


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can significantly affect a child’s health and future development. The health of children following TBI needs to be monitored by using a standardized instrument. This study evaluates the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) as a surveillance instrument for monitoring the physical and psychosocial health outcomes of children after TBI. The PedsQL cognitive function subscale is compared with the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF). Children ages 5 to 15 admitted to one of three pediatric trauma centers for treatment of TBI or an extremity fracture are eligible for participation. The health status of the child is measured through a telephone interview within 2 weeks of the injury (baseline) and at 3 and 12 months after the injury. The validity of the PedsQL scales and BRIEF are examined by comparing scores attained by groups of children with varying severity of head injury and children with and without TBI.