Incidence, epidemiology and outcomes of mild traumatic brain injury in clients referred to the Massey University Concussion Clinic : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Psychology at Massey University
The primary objectives of the present study were: (a) to gain a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiological and demographic variables associated with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in New Zealand, (b) to investigate the relationship between history of head injury and risk and recovery from future head injuries, (c) to investigate the outcomes of assessment and treatment after Concussion Clinic attendance, and (d) to evaluate the quality of service provided by the Massey University Concussion Clinic. Data was gained in two stages which involved firstly a review of the cover sheets of clients referred to the Concussion Clinic and secondly, the circulation of a questionnaire and a standardised measure of client satisfaction with services (the Service Satisfaction Survey – 30). Results indicated that the epidemiological and demographic variables associated with concussion found in our New Zealand sample mirror those trends identified in the international literature. With regards to evaluation of the Concussion Clinic, clients were generally satisfied with the services they received. However, clients did identify some aspects of the service which could be improved. This study demonstrated the need for an increase in the amount of available literature concerning the incidence and outcomes of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in New Zealand. It also reinforced the need for ongoing evaluation as means of monitoring service delivery and client satisfaction in health care settings.