Key MessagesPolytrauma care team members have a clear need for information about the diagnosis and treatment of TBI.Polytrauma care team members prefer to gather information from sources affiliated with their health care system, including local colleagues.Limited time and financial constraints are formidable barriers to accessing TBI related information.Medical librarians should consider matching information resources and services to the specific tasks that different polytrauma care team members perform.Medical librarians can utilise provider opinion leaders to spread word of library resources and related services to other polytrauma care team members.BackgroundAlmost 350 000 United States (U.S.) active duty military service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) since 2000 (Department of Defense, ). The prevalence of TBI is due, in large part, to modern warfare in which blast injuries have become more frequent (Galarneau, Woodruff, Dye, Mohrle, & Wade, ). TBI can be mild, moderate or severe depending on extent and location of brain damage, and its consequences range from short term concussive symptoms to long term physical, cognitive, behavioural and social impairments (Galarneau et al., ). The vast majority of the TBI cases reported during recent military conflicts have been diagnosed as mild TBI (Stroupe et al., ), symptoms of which include
Health Information & Libraries Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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