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Paediatric traumatic brain injury severity and acute care costs

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  • Contributors SS conceptualised and designed the study, acquired the cost data, conducted the analysis, wrote the first draft of the manuscript, and reviewed and revised the manuscript. FEB conceptualised and designed the APHIRST study, coordinated and supervised data collection, contributed to data interpretation, and critically reviewed and revised the manuscript. SJCH had full access to the APHIRST data, analysed the data, contributed to data interpretation, and critically reviewed and revised the manuscript. LH, JSH, JAC, VA and KD contributed to the interpretation of the data, and reviewed and revised the article critically. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The work was supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (project grant GNT1046727, Centre of Research Excellence for Paediatric Emergency Medicine GNT1058560), Canberra, Australia; the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia (no award/grant number); the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMPJ-11162), Brisbane, Australia; Perpetual Philanthropic Services (2012/1140), Australia; Auckland Medical Research Foundation (No. 3112011) and the A+ Trust (Auckland District Health Board), Auckland, New Zealand (no award/grant number); WA Health Targeted Research Funds 2013, Perth, Australia (no award/grant number); the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Private Practice Research and Education Trust Fund, Townsville, Australia (no award/grant number); and supported by the Victorian Government's Infrastructure Support Program, Melbourne, Australia (no award/grant number). SS was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and a PREDICT CRE Research Higher Degree scholarship. FEB's time was partly funded by a grant from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Melbourne Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia, and an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, Canberra, Australia.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.