Upcoming Webcast: Employment Outcomes After Traumatic Brain Injury: Does Race/Ethnicity Matter?
October 21, 2009, 2:00 PM (CDT)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most prevalent and debilitating conditions in the United States. Of the estimated 1.4 million individuals who sustain a TBI annually, about 1.1 million are treated and released from emergency departments, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 80,000 to 90,000 experience permanent disability from their injury. TBI typically affects an individual either early in their productive years or once they have established a productive life. Besides the economic impact of lost years of work on the individual, family, and society, research indicates that employment is one of the most important psychosocial predictors of well-being, quality of life, social integration, and recovery in survivors with TBI.

Due to the high incidence of TBI in racial and ethnically diverse communities and an increase in minority survivors with TBI, recent studies have examined the role of race/ethnicity on return-to-work post-injury. The webcast aims to examine the effect of race/ethnicity on employment outcomes following TBI. We will review studies that: 1) Compare employment outcomes between African Americans, Hispanics and Whites at one, two, and five years post-injury; 2) Determine the influence of minority status on job stability after Traumatic Brain Injury; 3) Examine changes in employment over time within each race group; and 4) Compare the changes in employment over time between these racial groups. Finally, implications, conclusions, and recommendations for future research studies in this area will be highlighted and discussed in detail.