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No impact of early intervention on late outcome after minimal, mild and moderate head injury

Ben Heskestad12, Knut Waterloo34, Roald Baardsen1, Eirik Helseth2, Bertil Romner35 and Tor Ingebrigtsen35*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway

2 Department of Neurosurgery, Oslo University Hospital-Ulleval, Oslo, Norway

3 Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway

4 Department of Psychology, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway

5 Institute for Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway

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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2010, 18:10  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-18-10

Published: 24 February 2010

Abstract

Objectives

To evaluate the effect of an educational intervention on outcome after minimal, mild and moderate head injury.

Methods

Three hundred and twenty six patients underwent stratified randomization to an intervention group (n = 163) or a control group (n = 163). Every second patient was allocated to the intervention group. Participants in this group were offered a cognitive oriented consultation two weeks after the injury, while subjects allocated to the control group were not. Both groups were invited to follow up 3 and 12 months after injury.

Results

A total of 50 (15%) patients completed the study (intervention group n = 22 (13%), control group n = 28 (17%), not significant). There were no statistically significant differences between the intervention group and the control group.

Conclusions

There was no effect on outcomes from an early educational intervention two weeks after head injury.