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Accession Number ADA582837
Title Telerehabilitation for Veterans with Combat Related TBI/PTSD.
Publication Date Apr 2011
Media Count 12p
Personal Author K. Siddharthan
Abstract Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) are signature wounds related to combat and accidents in combat theatres in Iraq and Afghanistan (OIF/OEF). They can result in life-long impairments in physical, cognitive, behavioural and social function. Objectives: The ongoing telerehabilitation at the James Haley Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital at Tampa, Florida (Tampa VA) continues and expands the existing rehabilitation program in place for veterans discharged from the hospital with combat related trauma. The primary objectives of this 36 month quasi-experimental study is to (1) Provide medical care coordination to meet the needs of OIF/OEF veterans with combat injuries. (2) Determine the immediate and sustained effects of telerehabilitation on patient outcomes including function, cognition and community participation and (3) To examine the perceived benefits and limitations of the intervention from the veteran and caregiver perspectives. Study design: This 36 month study started in June 2008 and evaluates telerehabilitation care provided to a sample of 65 OIF/OEF veterans discharged from the Tampa VA with a diagnosis of mild or moderate TBI and or PTSD incurred in combat zones. Telerehabilitation involves using computers and the internet to provide therapy and monitor health outcomes. Methods: Data is collected in multiple ways including (1) administrative data bases and (2) validated instruments to monitor health outcomes. In addition, patient satisfaction surveys and interviews with patients and caregivers are conducted after a year of enrolment in the study.
Keywords Fam(Functional assessment measure)
Fim(Functional independence measure)
Nato furnished
Post traumatic stress disorder
Prc(Patient competency rating)
Traumatic brain injuries
Veterans(Military personnel)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
57A - Anatomy
57S - Physiology
57E - Clinical Medicine
74 - Military Sciences
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, FL.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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