Brain Waves: UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Newsletter Volume 16 | Number 2
VOL 16 | NUM 2
UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Digital Newsletter
The UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (UAB-TBIMS) has
launched a new website to help doctors, nurse practitioners and
other community-based primary care providers manage their patients
with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This free website offers primary
care providers considerations for managing secondary medical
complications of TBI along with situational advice for referrals. Current
areas of focus include Anger & Irritability, Depression, Return to
Driving, Sleep Disturbance, and Substance Use. The website also has
information on supplemental issues for ADA Compliance Guides, and
Wheelchair & Seating. uab.edu/tbiprimarycare.
The University of Alabama at
Birmingham Traumatic Brain Injury
Model System (UAB-TBIMS)
provides Brain Waves twice annually
as an informational resource for people
with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
UAB-TBIMS Program Director:
Thomas Novack, PhD
Brain Waves Editor: Phil Klebine, MA
529 Spain Rehabilitation Center
1717 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233-7330
The contents of this publication
were developed under a
grant from the National
Institute on Disability, Independent Living,
and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant
number 90DPTB0015). NIDILRR is a Center
within the Administration for Community
Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS). The contents of this publication
do not necessarily represent the policy of
NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume
endorsement by the Federal Government.
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People with a severe TBI may experience disorders of consciousness,
such as a coma or a minimally conscious or vegetative state, and
not able to follow simple commands like “squeeze my hand.” It has
been commonly assumed that those who experience disordered
consciousness do not have a meaningful recovery.
Researchers at the TBI Model System Centers Indiana,
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and the Tampa Veterans
Administration Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center looked at long-term
data from a group of people with severe TBI who were still unable to
follow commands when they moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation
center. The researchers wanted to find out how much these individuals
recovered in their mobility, self-care, and cognitive skills during the first
decade after their injuries.
They found recovery and independence are common after severe TBI.
You can find this easy to read summary of all the findings highlighted in
Research In Focus from the National Rehabilitation Information Center
Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain
Injury Model System Center tested a new program called the Resilience
and Adjustment Intervention (RAI). The RAI program is designed to help
build resilience for people with TBI.
The researchers had two goals. First, they wanted to find out if the
program would lead to higher resilience, fewer emotional challenges, or
lower stress for people with TBI. Second, they wanted to find out if the
benefits of the program could last over a 3-month period.
They found that the RAI program may help people build resilience
after TBI. You can find this easy to read summary of all the findings
highlighted in Research In Focus from the National Rehabilitation
Information Center (NARIC).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Report
to Congress on The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in
Children. The Report details the impact a TBI can have on children and
their families. While the Report focuses on some of the gaps that exist
with regard to the management of TBIs among children and youth, the
promising news is that there are concrete steps that can be taken to
improve the care for children following a TBI. Read the report summary.