Recovery May Take Time

(Harvard Medical School) – A new study has found that many people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI) achieve favorable outcomes over the course of their first year of recovery, moving from a deep coma to being able to live independently for at least eight hours per day within a year.

Understanding the long-term dynamics of recovery is vital, the study authors said, as many critical decisions that impact outcomes, including withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, are made by clinicians within a few weeks of injury.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, with an average of 166 related deaths per day, according to the CDC. CONTINUE