Journal:Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):14, 29, 3, E1-E7
Article describes the development of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems (TBIMS) program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Polytrauma System of Care. In 2008, the Department of In 2008, the VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers partnered with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to establish a Model Systems program of research that would closely emulate the civilian TBIMS program established in 1987. Enrollment criteria and data collection/data quality efforts for the newly established VA sites are reviewed. Data collection has moved forward and program-specific modifications have been implemented. The VA TBIMS program is established and growing, with many projects underway and a strong working relationship with the NIDRR TBIMS programs.