Sex-Specific Predictors of Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury

Vincy Chan, Tatyana Mollayeva, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Angela Colantonio

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Objective To identify sex-specific predictors of inpatient rehabilitation outcomes among patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a population-based perspective. Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Inpatient rehabilitation. Participants Patients in inpatient rehabilitation for a TBI within 1 year of acute care discharge between 2008/2009 and 2011/2012 (N=1730, 70% men, 30% women). Interventions None. Main Outcome Measures Inpatient rehabilitation length of stay, total FIM score, and motor and cognitive FIM ratings at discharge. Results Sex, as a covariate in multivariable linear regression models, was not a significant predictor of rehabilitation outcomes. Although many of the predictors examined were similar across men and women, sex-specific multivariable models identified some predictors of rehabilitation outcome that are specific for men and women; mechanism of injury (P<.0001) was a significant predictor of functional outcome only among women, whereas comorbidities (P<.0001) was a significant predictor for men only. Conclusions Predictors of outcomes after inpatient rehabilitation differed by sex, providing evidence for a sex-specific approach in planning and resource allocation for inpatient rehabilitation services for patients with TBI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)772-780
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Brain injuries
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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