A recent article posted on JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Rates of Major Depressive Disorder and Clinical Outcomes Following Traumatic Brain Injury” examined the uncertainties about the rates, predictors and outcomes of major depressive disorder (MDD) among individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This article is of particular interest to personal injury lawyers who specialize in the area of brain injuries, like Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers. The objective of the study was to be able to describe MDD-related rates, predictors, outcomes and treatment during the first year after TBI onset. The study’s participants included 549 consecutively hospitalized adults with complicated mild to severe TBI. The study concludes:
“Among a cohort of patients hospitalized for TBI, 53.1% met criteria for MDD during the first year after TBI. Major depressive disorder was associated with history of MDD and was an independent predictor of poorer health-related quality of life.”
Please click here to view the text of the article.