The constellation of late post-traumatic symptoms of mild head injury patients

Nicholaas J. Bohnen, Germa Wijnen, Albert Twijnstra, Wim van Zutphen, Jellemer Jolles

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    A questionnaire based investigation was carried out in patients with mild head injury (MHI) one to five years after the injury. A heterogeneous item pool was used in order to study the interrelationships between traditional postconcussive complaints and more emotional and vegetative complaints. A three-factor model of residual subjective and psycho logical complaints was identified in the patient population (N = 231). This model contained a dysthymic factor, a vegetative/bodily complaints factor, and a cognitive performance factor. A factor analysis in a matched non-concussed population (N = 231) revealed a rather different pattern. Although symptoms in both the patient and control group were non-specific in nature, patients reported significantly more severe symptoms compared with control persons.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-39
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Neurologic Rehabilitation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

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