Secular trends in the incidence and outcome of head injury admissions at Kilifi County Hospital, 2002-2018

Reference Number: 
PGD5/CNewton/Head injury secular trends
Prof. Charles Newton and Dr. Symon Kariuki



Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common cause of death and mortality globally, but particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where safe driving practices are poorly implemented. However the global disease burden estimates are based upon limited data in sub-Saharan Africa. TBI is thought to cause seizure disorders, but the outcomes of TBI in hospital databases has not been examined.

In Kenya, there is a considerable increase in the number of vehicles on the road, with an increase in reported road traffic accidents. The incidence of TBI in admissions to hospitals need to be determined.

The student will :

  1. Conduct a systematic review of the incidence and outcome of TBI.
  2. Examine the database of admissions to Kilifi County Hospital (KCH) from 2002 to 2018 to determine the incidence and outcome of TBI in children and adults.


Questions to be addressed by the student:

  1. What is the incidence of severe TBI in children and adults admitted to KCH?
  2. Has there been any changes in the incidence of severe TBI from 2002 to 2018?
  3. What is the outcome in terms of mortality?


Skills to be acquired by the student:

The student will acquire skills in conducting formal systematic reviews and statistical and epidemiology skills in the examination of the dataset.


Preferred training background of the student:

The student should have an interest in public health, preferably with exposure to statistics and/or epidemiology. 


Application deadline: 11 February 2019