St. Louis, MO, November 11, 2010 The November 2010 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Official Journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, has published a set of 9 articles on traumatic brain injury (TBI) that will accelerate future research in the field by establishing common language for the degree of injury, how it is measured and classified, treatment and potential outcomes. It provides the first set of recommendations intended to promote greater consistency and collaboration among researchers on TBI and psychological health regardless of funding source.
According to the Archive's Deputy Editor Dr. Leighton Chan, "This was a monumental undertaking, bringing together the NIH, DOD, VA, CDC, and other international partners. This set of papers will set the stage for all future clinical research on TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), diverse, yet interrelated, fields."
Commentary: Common Data Elements for Research on Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health: Current Status and Future Development
John Whyte, MD, PhD, Jennifer Vasterling, PhD, Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD
The commentary describes the current status of this multiagency endeavor, the obstacles encountered, and possible directions for future development. The authors point out that links between TBI and psychological health (PH) have long been recognized. However, the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted how intertwined TBI and stress-related PH conditions may be, their sequelae often sharing common risk factors (eg, intensive combat), symptoms (eg, irritability, concentration problems), associated features (eg, sleep disturbance), and functional impairment (eg, occupational dysfunction).
Advancing Integrated Research in Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain injury: Common Data Elements
Veronica A. Thurm
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