Care of War Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Flawed Perspectives
WALTER REED ARMY INST OF RESEARCH SILVER SPRING MD DIV OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROSCIENCE
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Researchers estimate that more than 300,000 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 20 of the 1.6 million have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury TBI, also known as concussion, with the majority going untreated In response, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs VA have implemented new post deployment health initiatives, including screening, communication strategies, disability regulations, and specialty care services. Unfortunately, the clinical definition of concussionmild TBI adopted by the Department of Defense and the VA -- a blow or jolt to the head resulting in brief alteration in consciousness, loss of consciousness lasting less than 30 minutes, or post-traumatic amnesia -- is inadequate for achieving the objectives of these well-intentioned initiatives.
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