Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

TBIs are a leading cause of deaths, hospitalizations, disabilities and socio-economic losses. India estimates reveal that nearly 500,000 deaths are due to TBIs and 4 to 5million disabled persons need rehabilitation services following a brain injury every year. Amongst the several causes of TBIs, road traffic injuries are the leading cause followed by falls and violence in many Low and Middle Income Countries.
 
The centre has focused on epidemiological research (burden and impact), external causes of neurotrauma, and behavioral risk factors for Road Traffic Injuries, emergency care and trauma care issues and disability assessment as the major areas of activities.  Both quantitative and qualitative research methods have been adopted to understand the multi-factorial dimensions of TBIs.  Several inputs to policies and programmes have been provided including reintroduction of helmet legislation, programme to address drinking and driving, improving safety on highways, trauma care issues and rehabilitation programmes.