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Monday, July 16, 2012

DCoE Seeks Feedback on Mild TBI Pocket Guide


By Corina Notyce, DCoE Strategic Communications

We want to hear from you! Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) encourages health care professionals to share their thoughts on the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide and corresponding mobile app. Your feedback will help us make improvements to the pocket guide and other traumatic brain injury-related products.

How often do you refer to the pocket guide? What aspect of it do you find most useful? Based on your experience with the pocket guide, tell us everything from advantages and disadvantages to recommendations and suggestions for future traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinical resources and tools.

The pocket guide, developed by DCoE, is an all-encompassing, quick reference clinical guidance tool to help primary care providers assess and treat service members and veterans who have sustained a concussion. It includes a summary of the clinical practice guidelines and recommendations from the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs on the management of mild TBI and provides information on treating common mild TBI symptoms; coding guidance; clinical recommendations for cognitive rehabilitation and driving following TBI; patient education materials; and additional clinical tools and resources related to TBI prevention and care.

You can also access the pocket guide from your smartphone with the free mobile app developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology, a DCoE center. The mobile app was created to help providers conveniently access the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines for concussion care and enhance provider-patient interactions.

Hard copies of the pocket guide are available from Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. Call 800-870-9244 or email for details. To download an electronic version and other TBI clinical resources, visit the Health Professionals section of the DCoE website.

Take the online survey today — it only takes a few minutes. Participation is voluntary and responses will remain anonymous.

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