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, Brain Health
For years, researchers and medical professionals have studied the outcomes of brain injury care in order to identify critical factors that influence a patient’s recovery. Two such factors that have been examined to contribute to this include race and culture. Previous studies have shown that race may influence treatment outcomes post injury. This can be caused by service quality and quantity disparities, comprehension of injury and treatment processes, cultural expectation discrepancies, and differing perspectives about the impact of a health condition and its impact on an individual. In many studies, American Indian and Alaska Native populations are excluded or grouped into other racial categories, causing little to be known about the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in these communities. Because of this, these populations have not been able to receive the same level of care as other groups.