This issue of JHTR contains 15 articles covering a wide variety of topics. I would like to draw your attention to the research reported by Lynne Turner-Stokes and colleagues regarding the life-time savings from acute inpatient rehabilitation for severe TBI. They estimated how much provision of acute rehabilitation saves in services that would be required for the remainder of a patient's life. Their conclusion: £679,776 per patient (€757,525 Euros, $854,428 USD, $1,215,131 AUD). While the calculations are specific to the UK health system, the authors are very thorough in their description of the evidence utilized and assumptions employed—the conclusion is inescapable that money would be saved in any healthcare environment by providing acute rehabilitation for severe TBI. Once again, it is clear that what is best for the patient and desired by the family is also the cheapest cost to society.
John D. Corrigan, PhD, ABPP
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