Assessment of post-concussion syndrome in person with mild traumatic brain injury

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supannika piyarak


The patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are the vast majority of patients admitted in hospital. They usually have no severe symptoms and can be recovered over weeks or months after injury.  Some unrecovered patients with mTBI develop post-concussion symptoms and have to readmit in hospital. Currently, there are two instruments widely used for assessing the patients with mTBI.1) The Rivermead Post-Concussion Symptom Questionnaire (RPQ) which is used to assess the severity of post-concussive symptoms including 16 signs and symptoms at two weeks, one month, three months, six months and one year. 2) The Rivermead Head Injury Follow Up Questionnaire (RHFUQ) which is used to assess the experience of mTBI patients who have functional and social outcomes following traumatic brain injury as well as to compare pre and post injury symptoms.  They should be assessed immediately, at three and six months after injury due to a prolonged occurrence of post-concussive symptoms. If nurses and other health care professionals can evaluate the symptoms and provide treatment immediately, it will result in patients returning to work, having a good quality of life, and reducing the cost of treatment.  


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piyarak ส. (2021). Assessment of post-concussion syndrome in person with mild traumatic brain injury. Thai Journal of Nursing, 70(3), 57–63. Retrieved from
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