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Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation for OIF/OEF returnees with Combat Related Trauma

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Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation Temple Terrace 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 validated health outcome instruments that capture physical function, cognition, mental health status and integration into society. We have enrolled a total of 150 veterans in the study. Our findings indicate that 1 The telerehab intervention did not significantly influence functional, cognitive and mental health outcomes as compared to those in the control group. Both groups showed improvement in functional and mental health status and community integration over time. 2 The presence of comorbid Post Traumatic Stress Disorders was a significant predictor in reported patient health 3 Individualized treatment pathways may be needed for rehabilitation and ultimate integration into society and 4 Veterans have expressed appreciation for the program.

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Technical Report,03 Jan 2011,02 Jan 2018



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