[Correspondence] Time for change in acquired brain injury

The term acquired brain injury includes several conditions that affect clinical outcome and quality of life in survivors. The most common causes include traumatic brain injury, stroke, and hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy after cardiac arrest. Acquired brain injury is a rapidly growing public health problem, resulting in nearly 1000 hospital admissions each day in the UK, with about a 10% increase in incidence over the past decade. Although improvements in emergency care (eg, through major trauma centres, stroke units, and bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation) have resulted in improvements in survival, neurorehabilitation provision for survivors is inadequate, and their reintegration into society is limited by a poor understanding of the consequences of acquired brain injury among non-specialists and the public.

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