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IOM Releases New Report on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy

12-Oct-2011 The Committee on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury, in reference to a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Oct. 11, “Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: Evaluating the Evidence,” said “There is some evidence about the potential value of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), but overall it is not sufficient to develop definitive guidelines on how to apply these therapies and to determine which type of CRT will work best for a particular patient.” BIAA agrees with IOM’s findings and supports the call for additional research to demonstrate the therapeutic effectiveness of different interventions in improving cognition after brain injury.

The Committee on Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy, which is comprised of representatives from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, supports the ongoing use of CRT for people with TBI while improvements are made in the standardization, design and conduct of studies.

BIAA, in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), was the force behind authorizing this study in the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act. BIAA acknowledges the need for additional research, further development of clinical guidelines and modification to public systems of care and private sector insurance policies. In the meantime, BIAA and WWP are committed to finding ways for injured service members to access cognitive rehabilitation techniques by enjoying an open dialogue with Dr. Warren Lockette, chief medical officer of TRICARE Management Activity.

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