Surveillance of Traumatic Brain Injury in California
Patrick S. Romano, MD MPH, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
This is a validation study in which we are carefully reviewing approximately 500 randomly selected medical records from about 40 randomly selected hospitals around California to ascertain the sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value of traumatic brain injury reporting. The purpose of this study is to assess the accuracy of the state's surveillance system for traumatic brain injury, and to recommend changes in surveillance definitions and procedures as appropriate.
Medical records abstraction is occurring in fall quarter. Data analysis will occur in winter quarter.
about TBI surveillance is
I would welcome a medical student to help us with reviewing medical records to determine whether TBI cases (and noncases) were properly reported. A student who is facile with Excel would also be welcome to help with the data analysis and authorship of a report and paper.