Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major health issue that impacts the lives of many soldiers and veterans. It is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Here is a reproduction of the Veterans Administration (VA) Independent Study Course on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), released in January 2004 as part of the Veterans Health Initiative, along with additional material. There is an informative excerpt from another major VA document, The Assessment and Treatment of Individuals With History Of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review Of The Evidence August 2009. Original material from PM Medical Health News includes a guide to leading medical websites.
"This independent study presents an overview of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues that Primary Care practitioners may encounter when providing care to veterans and active duty military personnel. After completing this independent study, participants will be able to: Identify the epidemiology and the nature of TBI; Describe concussion management and treatment of mild TBI; List the rehabilitation process for a Veteran with TBI; Identify medical and physical problems of Veterans with TBI; Identify cognitive problems for Veterans with TBI; Recognize emotional and behavioral problems for Veterans with TBI; Explain TBI in the Elderly and Aging with TBI; List the issues and impact on the TBI survivor and their family; Describe the issues related to driving for a TBI survivor; and Describe the VA TBI System of Care."
"As a result of this program, clinicians will have a broader base of knowledge with which to provide effective care to patients with TBI and a better understanding of patients who experience this condition. This independent study is primarily designed for Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians and interested VA staff. Other health care providers, especially those working in veterans and military health care facilities in the U.S., also are encouraged to complete this study module. Contents include: Epidemiology and the Nature of Traumatic Brain Injuries; Concussion Management: Sequelae and Treatment of Mild TBI; Rehabilitation of the Veteran with Traumatic Brain Injury; Post-acute/Chronic Sequelae: Medical and Physical Problems; Post-acute/Chronic Sequelae: Cognitive Problems; Post-acute/Chronic Sequelae: Emotional and Behavioral Problems; TBI in the Elderly and Aging with TBI; Living with TBI; Impact on the Survivor and Family; Driving issues after TBI; VA System of Care."
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Published October 15, 2009
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