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Juan Carlos Arango

Traumatic Brain Injury in Spanish Speaking Individuals*

Presented By:
Juan Carlos Arango, Ph.D., VCU PM & R
November 10, 2010

Traumatismos Craneoencefalicos en personas de habla Hispana

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the primary causes of death and disability throughout the world. It is the leading cause of disability in people under 40, and severely disables 150-200 people per million each year. Ten million people are hospitalized for TBI annually and approximately 1.5 million of these cases end in death. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that TBI will surpass many other diseases as a major cause of death by the year 2020.

The prevalence and incidence of traumatic brain injury in Spanish speaking individuals in the United States and Latin-American has been increasing during the past decade. Unfortunately, there is a lack of research studies that have focused on the specific needs of these individuals. The aim of the present webcast is to offer an overview of research studies that have been conducted with Spanish speakers in the US and Latin America in the areas of functional, psychosocial, neurobehavioral characteristics and family issues. It is hoped that a synthesis of these studies will both provide information about the issues faced by Spanish speakers with TBI and offer directions for future research in this area.

* This webcast will be in Spanish. A transcript will be available in English.