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• Coetzer BR, Hayes NM and Du Toit PL (2002). Long-term employment outcomes in a rural area following traumatic brain injury. Aust J Rural Health. 10 (4): 229-32. Summary: One of the major sequelae following traumatic brain injury is a change in employment status. This poses significant challenges for rehabilitation services. Several studies have investigated the longer-term outcome after traumatic brain injury. Longer-term outcome in an economically disadvantaged rural environment with limited rehabilitation services has not been studied extensively. A group of individuals (n = 65) who sustained a traumatic brain injury were compared regarding pre- and post-employment status. The moderate and severely injured sub-groups showed a significant change in employment status. Ideally rehabilitation programs should target re-employment as an outcome. Limited employment opportunities in rural areas may make this more difficult to achieve. North Wales Brain Injury Service, Colwyn Bay Hospital, Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom and MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.