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Baker EH, Iverson KM, Adams EA, Meterko MM, Stolzman KL, Hendricks AM. The Differential pattern of post-concussive symptoms among female compared to male OEF/OIF Veterans with deployment-related TBI. Presented at: VA HSR&D National Meeting; 2011 Feb 14; Washington, DC.
A significant proportion of women using VA services after deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF) screen positive for traumatic brain injury (TBI; 10.5%) or report having a prior diagnosis of TBI (2.0%). Research from the sports concussion literature suggests that women report worse post-concussive symptoms relative to men. A key component of the TBI evaluation process within VA is the administration of the 22-item Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory (NSI-22), a self-report assessment of current post-concussive symptom severity. The present study examines whether women who have suffered concussion(s) while deployed demonstrate a different pattern of post-concussive symptoms than male Veterans