Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have a harder time making significant medical decisions for up to a month after their initial injuries. This is a big development for those suffering from TBIs as there has been very little research on how their injuries affect their ability to make decisions on complex issues.
Researchers found that the severity of the injury had a positive correlation with the difficulty of the decision. The more severe the injury, the harder it was for the patient to make the decision.
A sample group of 86 patients and 40 healthy controls were tested on basic medical decision-making skills, including understanding, reasoning, expressing choice, reasonable choice and appreciation. The TBI patients were divided into three categories based on the severity of their injuries: mild, complicated mild or moderate to severe. They were tested a month after their injuries took place.
Researchers found that patients with severe injuries performed poorly in regards to understanding, reasoning and appreciation, while those with complicated mild injuries fared poorly in understanding.
This is important data to consider for victims of TBIs. The month following severe injuries is filled with medical decisions that have long-lasting and sometimes binding consequences. As researchers continue to study this kind of information, we might see instances where physicians or medical professionals take advantage of patients in this state for unnecessary procedures or exams.
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