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OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of implementing clinical nursing practice guidelines in mild traumatic brain injury patients at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. (CNPG)
MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this quasi-experimental study there was one group design. Participants were 40 mild traumatic brain injury patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Patients were treated according to clinical nursing practice guidelines. Data were collected using a set of questionnaires, including demographic information, the Rivermead post-concussion symptoms questionnaire, the Rivermead head injury follow up questionnaire and satisfaction questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Wilcoxon signed-rank test.
RESULTS: Patients with mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion symptoms have been affected with an impact on daily life ranging from mild to moderate. The symptoms were improved within 2, 4 and 6 weeks after the onset, respectively. The functional performance was significantly increased (p < 0. 05) within 2, 4 and 6 weeks after traumatic brain injury. The satisfaction of patients with nursing care was at a high level.
CONCLUSION: The CNPG can improve patient outcomes by minimizing complications and enhancing the functional performance of mild traumatic brain injury patients.
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