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0089 Recovery from mental condition: is it different between TBI/non-TBI
  1. Kuan-Han Lin1,
  2. Judith Shu-Chu Shiao2,
  3. Shih-Cheng Liao3,
  4. Chun-Ya Kuo4,
  5. Yue Leon Guo5,
  6. Nai-Wen Guo6
  1. 1Department of Social Medicine, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
  2. 2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU) and NTU Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
  3. 3Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
  4. 4Department of Psychiatry, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  5. 5Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
  6. 6Institute of Behavioral Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan


Objectives This study aimed to determine the rates of psychological symptoms among those with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and with non-TBI at 3 months and 12 months after occupational injury and to examine the change in psychological status over time.

Method Our study candidates were injured workers in Taiwan who were hospitalised for 3 days or longer and received hospitalisation benefits from the Labour Insurance. A self-reported questionnaire including Brief Symptom Rating Scale (BSRS-50) and Post-traumatic Symptom Checklist (PTSC) was sent to workers at 3 months and 12 months.

Results Among 853 injured workers who completed the questionnaire at 3 and 12 months, regarding to the severity of BSRS score, 7.8% of those with TBI had recovered at 12 months, comparing with 8.1% in those with non-TBI. On the other hand, approximately11.6% of those with TBI had recovered from post-traumatic stress symptoms at 12 months, comparing with 9.7% among those with non-TBI. Injured workers with TBI had lower rate of recovery from psychological symptoms, comparing with non-TBI.

Conclusions A significant proportion of victims with TBI and non-TBI suffered psychological symptoms after injury. The identification and treatment of psychological symptoms are important for optimal adaptation after traumatic injury.

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