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A Home Program of Rehabilitation for Moderately Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Warden, Deborah L. MD; Salazar, Andres M. MD; Martin, Elisabeth Moy RNC, BSN, MA; Schwab, Karen A. PhD; Coyle, Mary RNCS, MSN; Walter, Joan PA, JDand the DVHIP Study Group

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: October 2000 - Volume 15 - Issue 5 - p 1092–1102
Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program

We have recently reported the results of a prospective controlled randomized trial comparing home versus inpatient cognitive rehabilitation for patients with moderate to severe head injury. That study showed no overall difference in outcomes between the two groups. 1 In this article, we provide further details of the home program arm of the study. All patients in the home program received medical treatment as needed, a multidisciplinary in-hospital evaluation, and TBI counseling before entering the eight-week home program, which then included guidance on home activities, as well as weekly telephone calls from a psychiatric nurse.

Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Principal Investigator, Walter Reed AMC, Assistant Director, Neuropsychiatry* (Warden)

National Director*, Professor of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Salazar)

Research Coordinator* (Martin)

Assistant Director, Statistics* (Schwab)

Psychiatric Research Nurse* (Coyle)

Physician Assistant, Neurosurgery Service* (Walter)

DVHIP Study Group—Steven Braverman, Reginald Cole, Michael Bamdad, Jack Spector, Richard Ellenbogen, Tracey Ellis, Maria Graves, Patricia Knapp, Tara Coleman, Judith Brooks, Kelly Gourdin, Mia Price, Jose Valls, Mary Pyne, James Smirniotopolis, Ashish Mody, Mary M. Rosner, and James Ecklund.

Funded by the Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program through the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and by a grant from the Medical Research Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs. (The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.)

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.