Caring for Patients with traumatic brain injury: a survey of nurses' perceptions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Aims and objectives

The purpose of this study was to determine nurses' perceptions about caring for patients with traumatic brain injury.


Annually, it is estimated that over 10 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury around the world. Patients with traumatic brain injury and their families are often concerned with expectations about recovery and seek information from nurses. Nurses' perceptions of care might influence information provided to patients and families, particularly if inaccurate knowledge and perceptions are held. Thus, nurses must be knowledgeable about care of these patients.


A cross-sectional survey, the Perceptions of Brain Injury Survey (PBIS), was completed electronically by 513 nurses between October and December 2014. Data were analysed with structural equation modelling, factor analysis, and pairwise comparisons.


Using latent class analysis, authors were able to divide nurses into three homogeneous sub-groups based on perceived knowledge: low, moderate and high. Findings showed that nurses who care for patients with traumatic brain injury the most have the highest perceived confidence but the lowest perceived knowledge. Nurses also had significant variations in training.


As there is limited literature on nurses' perceptions of caring for patients with traumatic brain injury, these findings have implications for training and educating nurses, including direction for development of nursing educational interventions.

Relevance to clinical practice

As the incidence of traumatic brain injury is growing, it is imperative that nurses be knowledgeable about care of patients with these injuries. The traumatic brain injury PBIS can be used to determine inaccurate perceptions about caring for patients with traumatic brain injury before educating and training nurses.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oyesanya, TO; Brown, RL; Turkstra, LS

Published Date

  • June 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 11-12

Start / End Page

  • 1562 - 1574

PubMed ID

  • 27346166

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5192003

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2702

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0962-1067

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jocn.13457


  • eng