Comparing Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Trauma Controls on CNS Vital Signs

Comparing Patients with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to Trauma Controls on CNS Vital Signs

This research was presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference in Vancouver, BC in October 2012.

Objective

To study the effectiveness of the CNS Vital Signs (CNS-VS) in measuring cognitive function in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) compared to more traditional forms of measurement.

Participants & Setting

There were 50 participants with mild traumatic brain injuries who were recruited from the Emergency Department of Vancouver General Hospital. The participants met the WHO Collaborating Center Task Force criteria for MTBI. They were compared to 31 control subjects.

Results and Conclusions

A MANOVA (multivariate analysis of variance) measured the differences in performance between the assessments. Although there were more patients with MTBIs that had low scores, the results showed no significant differences with participants who were administered the CNS-VS compared to more traditional assessments.

Research by: Dr. Shawnda C. Lanting, PhD, Dr. Grant L. Iverson, PhD and Dr. Rael T. Lange, PhD

Presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference