Brain Injury Data and Statistics
Traumatic Brain Injury Registry
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health maintains a central registry for traumatic brain injuries. State law (§81-653 to 81-662) requires that any hospital, rehabilitation center, psychologist or physician report the following information about the person sustaining the injury to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Name, Social Security number (if known), date of birth, gender, residence, date of injury, final diagnosis or classification of injury, cause of injury, place where injury occurred, identification of the reporting source, dispensation upon discharge, and any additional information. Diagnosis and treatment information are collected from the patient’s medical record.
In 2008, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 928 (Brain Injury Registry Act), which requires that information be sent to individuals with reported brain injuries to help them access necessary and appropriate services related to the injury. Nebraska VR maintains an agreement with DHHS, Division of Public Health to provide the required follow-up contact in the form of a letter and brochure listing TBI resources and contact information to each individual placed on the Registry.
Registry data and trends are reported in Nebraska’s TBI Implementation Partnership Grant Annual Evaluation Report.
For more information regarding the TBI registry, visit the DHHS, Division of Public Health’s Data Inventory page.
TBI Data and Surveillance
Injury is a public health problem. The Nebraska Injury Prevention Program produces injury surveillance reports on concussion and TBI, among other priority areas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an excellent resource for data and statistics on TBI. Visit their website for fact sheets, publications, reports and information on the National Concussion Surveillance System.
TBI Needs and Resources Assessments
Nebraska completed a comprehensive TBI Needs and Resources Assessment in 2010.