Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Resources from Other Organizations

This page provides resources, from other organizations, that are related to related to the management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). These resources should prove valuable for physical therapists (in the DoD and DVA or in community-based practices treating wounded warriors who are returning home), family members/caregivers who are caring for wounded warriors with mTBI, and wounded warriors who have sustained mTBI.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Authors of a comparative effectiveness review released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report that the "body of evidence is not informative" regarding effectiveness or comparative effectiveness of multidisciplinary postacute rehabilitation for adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

American Speech and Hearing Association Resources on Blast Injuries 

Brain Injury Association of America 

Defense and Veterans Head Injury Center (DVHIC)
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) provides a variety of resources to enhance TBI care for those whose deployment is often characterized by long periods of stress, multiple blast exposure, chronic pain and separation from loved ones.

Injury Prevention and Control: Traumatic Brain Injury (CDC)
CDC provides resources to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs.

Mental Health Resources
The Department of Veterans Affairs as a collection of comprehensive resources covering mental health issues, including information on: PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Depression, and more.

MilitaryOneSource.com
Resources for Military members, spouses, and families.

National Resource Directory for Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members
This site provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation, and community reintegration.

Returning Service Members Resource
Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this is a website for returning active duty, National Guard and reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF)

The Center on Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury (COMBI)
Provides online resources for those needing detailed information and support related to outcome measures for brain injuries

The Evidence-Based Review of Moderate To Severe Acquired Brain Injury (ABIEBR)
A joint project involving researchers in London, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, Canada with a mandate to develop an evidence-based review of the literature for rehabilitation or rehabilitation-related interventions for ABI.

The Journey Home: Traumatic Brain Injury
This resource is specifically for Military personnel with traumatic brain injury and includes information for patients, family members, and caregivers of wounded warriors.

Tricare Resources 

VA Polytrauma System of Care

Provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this is a Web site that includes information about TBI, definition and background, symptoms and screening, and recovery and rehabilitation.

Veterans Health Initiative Course on Traumatic Brain Injury
Click the above link for the independent study program on a range of TBI-specific topics that has been developed by the Veterans Health Administration in collaboration with DVBIC. This program is one in a series of Veterans Health Initiative programs published by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Employee Education System and is made available to VA, Department of Defense, and other interested medical providers. You can find other independent study courses on http://www.publichealth.va.gov/vethealthinitiative/. These include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Wounded, Spinal Cord Injury, and Traumatic Amputation.

Wounded Warrior Project
Offers various programs and services to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Community-based Resources

Community-based resources vary greatly in each community. A wounded warrior's case manager should be able to assist in identifying local resources. Other common sources from which to seek assistance are the American Legion and local churches.

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