Accession Number : AD1016192

Title :   TBI Assessment of Readiness Using a Gait Evaluation Test (TARGET): Development of a Portable mTBI Screening Device

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 May 2015,30 Apr 2016

Corporate Author : Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston United States

Personal Author(s) : Rhea,Christopher

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Report Date : 01 May 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : With up to 320,000 service members sustaining some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) over the past 14 years, the lack of an objective measurement tool for evaluation and monitoring of TBI is of great concern to the military. The NeuroCom Sensory Organization Test (SOT) is the current gold standard for assessing mTBI-related motor impairments. However, the equipments size and logistical footprint makes it impractical for field deployment. This study seeks to determine the validity and reliability of an Android device-based mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) screening test app for assessing motor function. The app, AccWalker, utilizes the smartphones accelerometer and orientation metrics in order to assess a persons functional motor ability. The study will seek to establish test-retest and inter-rater reliability of the app within a healthy civilian population, concurrent validity with the SOT, BESS, CB and M test (three currently used assessments) in a healthy civilian population, and predictive validity to discriminate between healthy individuals and those with clinically confirmed mTBI in both a civilian and military population.

Descriptors :   brain injuries , MANPORTABLE EQUIPMENT , Monitoring , military personnel , SMART PHONES , Brain damage , Field equipment , Deployment , APPLICATION SOFTWARE , Accelerometers , Orientation(Direction) , Validation , test and evaluation , prediction , COMBAT CASUALTY CARE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE