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The Epidemiology and Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury: A Brief Overview

Langlois, Jean A. ScD, MPH; Rutland-Brown, Wesley MPH; Wald, Marlena M. MLS, MPH

Section Editor(s): Rosenthal, Mitchell PhD, ABPP, Issue Editor

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: September-October 2006 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p 375–378
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important public health problem in the United States and worldwide. The estimated 5.3 million Americans living with TBI-related disability face numerous challenges in their efforts to return to a full and productive life. This article presents an overview of the epidemiology and impact of TBI.

Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga (Dr Langlois and Mr Rutland-Brown); and the Lockheed- Martin Corporation, Atlanta, Ga (Ms Wald).

Corresponding author: Wesley Rutland-Brown, MPH, Epidemiologist, Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341.

The authors acknowledge the insights and inspiration contributed to this article by Marilyn Gelman.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.