Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll: One in Five Concussion Patients Have Not Sought Medical Attention

Multiple Concussions Common Among Children

ANN ARBOR, Mich. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One in five Americans who sustained a concussion did not seek medical
treatment, and the majority of children who have suffered a concussion
have had more than one, according to the Truven Health Analytics-NPR
Health Poll. Truven
Health Analytics
™, an IBM company, and NPR
conduct a bimonthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range
of health issues.

The latest survey asked respondents for their opinions and personal
experience with concussions. Overall, 23 percent of respondents said
they have had a concussion. Of those who have had a concussion, just 79
percent sought treatment. Seven percent of patients who had a concussion
said they’ve had more than five in their lifetime.

When asked how they suffered their concussion, 43 percent said they
sustained them while playing a contact sport, a rate that increases with
higher levels of education and income. Post-concussion symptoms were
also common among patients. Twenty-nine percent said they suffer from
long-term symptoms, including headaches (80 percent), problems with
concentration (69 percent), and memory problems (67 percent).

Additionally, 12 percent of households indicated that their child has
had a concussion. Of those households, 60 percent say their child lost
consciousness and 59 percent say their child has had more than one
concussion. Effects suffered by children with concussion were
sensitivity to light (54 percent), sleep disturbance (50 percent),
irritability (48 percent), and depression (44 percent). Still, 84
percent of parents with a child who suffered a sports-related concussion
indicated they would allow their child to continue playing contact

“It seems that every day we’re learning something new about concussion
science, and as a result, these data are particularly troubling,” said
Michael Taylor, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Truven Health Analytics.
“Concussions are extremely serious injuries. For children in contact
sports, there is no difference in the severity of a hit to the head by
age. A recent study found football players as young as seven years old
sustain hits to the head comparable in magnitude to those absorbed by
high-school and adult players. So we’re looking at a very serious issue
that is also prevalent in our country, with varying degrees of medical
attention being sought.”

To date, the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll has explored
numerous health topics, including generic drugs, vaccines, data privacy,
narcotic painkillers and sports-related concussions. NPR’s reports on
the surveys are archived online at the Shots health blog here.

Truven Health maintains a library of poll results here.

The Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll is powered by the Truven
Health PULSE® Healthcare Survey, the nation’s largest and
longest-running independently funded, nationally representative
multi-modal poll that collects information about health-related
behaviors and attitudes and healthcare utilization from 82,000 US
households annually. Survey questions are developed in conjunction with
NPR. The figures in this month’s poll are based on 3,009 participants
interviewed from March 1-15, 2016.

About Truven Health Analytics

Health Analytics
, an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients
need to improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We
provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data
integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40
years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and
clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government
agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need
to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and
well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in
healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100
Top Hospitals
®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®,
Simpler®, and ActionOI®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann
Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit

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