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Telerehabilitation for OIF/OEF Returnees with Combat-Related Traumatic Brain Injury

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2008,31 May 2015

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Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Zephyrhills United States

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The telerehabilitation for OEFOIF returnees with mild or moderate combat related Traumatic Brain Injury TBI has as its objectives 1 care coordination for wounded veterans using distance technology via the internet and 2 monitoring of physical and mental health outcomes using a variety of instruments. We have enrolled a total of 75 veterans in the study. We have collected baseline, 6 and 12 month health status data on most veterans. Our findings indicate that 1 Functional capabilities measured by locomotion and mobility appear to have stabilized among our cohort of veterans while deficiencies in cognition memory, problem solving, psychosocial adjustment anger, emotional status and problems in integrating into society pose challenges 2 Those with comorbid PTSD appear to display more erratic rehabilitation trajectories in cognition improvement and ultimate integration into society as compared to those without the diagnosis 3 Individualized treatment pathways are needed for rehabilitation and ultimate integration into society and 4 Veterans have expressed appreciation for the program.

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