TBI Knowledge Translation - Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
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TBI Knowledge Translation

VA continues to advance the evaluation, treatment, and understanding of TBI by developing and implementing best clinical practices for TBI; educating and training in TBI-related care and rehabilitation; and conducting, interpreting, disseminating and translating research findings into improved clinical care. Knowledge translation, in collaboration with other federal and academic partners, allows us to put the TBI state-of-the-science into the hands of Veterans, Service members, their families and their TBI healthcare providers.

The following VA products and partner Knowledge Translation Centers provide educational products in a variety of audio-visual formats. Veterans and their families will find TBI fact sheets, educational videos, infographics, podcasts and clinical practice summaries. Clinicians will find TBI care recommendations, evidence synthesis reviews, and webinars, as well podcasts and clinical pearls from the latest TBI research studies. By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site.

VHA Train
VHA TRAIN is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation. VHA TRAIN is supported by the Veterans Health Administration Employee Education System, an internal education and training program office in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The EES-developed learning programs found in the VHA support the professional development needs of public health and health care providers, with a focus on Veteran patient care.

Available on VHA TRAIN is the TBI Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) CME training to increase VA and community providers' awareness of military-related TBI.

TBI Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) works closely with researchers in the 16 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems and VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers to develop resources for people living with traumatic brain injuries and their supporters. These evidence-based materials are available in a variety of formats such as printable PDF documents, videos, and slideshows. VA partnered with NIDDLIR TBI Model Systems in 2010 to create the VA TBI Model Systems Program.

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Defense Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE)
The Defense Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence promotes state-of-the-science care from point-of-injury to reintegration for Service members, Veterans, and their families to prevent and mitigate consequences of mild to severe TBI. Their website contains clinical recommendations, research and technology news and educational materials for TBI providers, Veterans and Service members and their families.

VA/DoD LIMBIC-CENC Knowledge Translation Center
The VA/DoD LIMBIC-CENC Knowledge Translation Center makes research findings practical and useful. They have made research products about TBI for Veterans, Service Members, clinicians and the public. LIMBIC-CENC is a multi-center collaboration linking premier basic science, translational, and clinical neuroscience researchers from the DoD, VA, academic universities, and private research institutes to effectively address the scientific, diagnostic, and therapeutic ramifications of mild TBI and its long-term effects.

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Concussion/ mild TBI (2016)
This clinical practice guideline for practitioners describes the critical decision points in the management of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with concussion/mTBI. (Updates coming later in 2021.)

Management of Concussion-mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Provider Tip Sheet
VA Health Services Research & Development
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the "signature injury" of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Among Veterans with clinician-diagnosed TBI, HSR&D researchers have found that mental illness, particularly PTSD, and pain are common comorbidities. HSR&D researchers study a variety of TBI-related issues including: healthcare utilization following TBI, impact of mild TBI on PTSD severity and alcohol use, and cognitive and visual impairment after TBI. Visit the VA HSR&D page.

**VA shares TBI information from our partners for ease of access, but is not responsible for the content of the linked Web sites.