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BIAA Seeks Researchers for TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project

20-Jun-2014

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced today that it is teaming up with the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on a three-year investigation to develop treatment guidelines for people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Clinicians and researchers with expertise in post-acute rehabilitation are needed to participate in a three-year investigation beginning July 1, 2014.

At present there are no universal guidelines regarding how much rehabilitation adult patients with moderate to severe TBI should receive, in what setting, and at what time. Individuals who sustain TBIs rarely have access to rehabilitation of sufficient timing, scope, duration, and intensity that would allow them to recover to the maximum extent possible.

This is because insurance companies and public policymakers are making treatment decisions instead of doctors, patients, and family caregivers. When a person’s care is delayed, discontinued, or denied altogether, the result is often increased re-hospitalization rates and greater levels of disability. This creates a cycle of joblessness, homelessness, and dependence on public programs.

BIAA and Mount Sinai are addressing this problem head-on through the development and widespread distribution of Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI. The goals of this project are to:

  1. Identify and fully describe the continuum of care available following TBI;

  2. Determine the evidence for various rehabilitative treatments and, based on that evidence and/or expert opinion, make recommendations for treatment and management in various settings;

  3. Produce a document that supports improvements in the quality and consistency of rehabilitation treatment; and

  4. Broadly disseminate the recommendations to payer, provider, patient and advocacy communities in an effort to increase access to and quality of care.

Fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians are needed to review and assess evidence in functional, medical, cognitive, behavioral, and social domains. Clinicians with expertise in one of these subject areas and who are interested in serving on one of the panels should send a CV to Marianna Abashian, BIAA director of professional services, and indicate which panel they prefer.

For more information, visit www.biausa.org/TBIGuidelines.


 
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