Traumatic brain injury as a chronic health condition

John D. Corrigan, Flora M. Hammond

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Growing evidence indicates that multiple types of brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, are dynamic conditions that continue to change years after onset. For a subset of individuals who incur these injuries, decline occurs over time and is likely due to progressive neurodegenerative processes, comorbid conditions, aging, behavioral choices, and/or psychosocial factors. Deterioration, whether directly or indirectly associated with the original brain injury, necessitates a clinical approach as a chronic health condition, including identification of risk and protective factors, protocols for early identification, evidence-based preventive and ameliorative treatment, and training in self-management. We propose that the acknowledgment of chronic brain injury will facilitate the research necessary to provide a disease management approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1199-1201
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Chronic brain injury
  • Disease management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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