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The costs of traumatic brain injury




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Speaker: Michael Parsonage, Chief Economist and Senior Policy Adviser at the Centre for Mental Health

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury to the brain caused by impact and is the leading cause of death and disability among people aged 1-40 in the UK. Non-fatal consequences may include a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects, often of long duration and leading on to high unemployment, financial difficulties and loss of independence. People with a history of TBI are over-represented in a number of disadvantaged groups, including homeless people and those in the criminal justice system, and there are also strong associations between TBI and mental health problems including substance misuse. A&E departments see nearly a million head injury presentations a year and inpatient admissions are currently running at around 160,000 a year, having risen by more than a third since 2000. It is estimated that there are up to 1.3 million people in the UK living with a TBI-related disability. The presentation will provide further analysis of the scale and consequences of TBI, including from an economic perspective.

The presenter, Michael Parsonage, while at the Centre for Mental Health, has produced a wide range of reports and papers based on the application of economic analysis to mental health and related issues. He has also worked on a consultancy basis for other organisations in the mental health field and as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE. He was previously employed as an economist in the Department of Health and in HM Treasury.


Parsonage, M. (2016) Traumatic brain injury and offending. Centre for Mental Health.

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 9th February 2017

Convocation Suite Centenary Building City, University of London Spencer Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Doria Pilling

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
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