- •Many patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have impaired medical decision-making capacity (MDC) 1 month postinjury.
- •Partial or full recovery of MDC occurs in many patients over the first 6 months.
- •MDC outcomes depend on injury severity.
- •20% of mild cases and 35% of complicated mild cases have impaired MDC 6 months after TBI.
- •50% of moderate to severe cases have impaired MDC 6 months after TBI.
Main Outcome Measures
List of abbreviations:ANOVA (analysis of variance), CCTI (Capacity to Consent to Treatment Instrument), cmTBI (complicated mild TBI), CT (computed tomography), GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale), MDC (medical decision-making capacity), msevTBI (moderate/severe TBI), mTBI (mild TBI), PTA (posttraumatic amnesia), TBI (traumatic brain injury)
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Support by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (grant no. 1R01HD053074).
Disclosures: D.C.M. has a patent for the Capacity to Consent to Treatment Instrument with royalties paid. The other authors have nothing to disclose.