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Brain Injury Care: Treatment and Reimbursement Challenges

Gif­fords May Get Bet­ter Brain-Injury Care Than Most of Her Con­stituents (ProP­ub­li­ca):

Despite the need for more research, Gif­fords’ sto­ry shows the poten­tial of the treat­ments now avail­able. But accord­ing to Susan Con­nors, the pres­i­dent of the Brain Injury Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­ca, what treat­ment you receive depends heav­i­ly on your state, insur­ance plan (or lack of one), hos­pi­tal and the peo­ple advo­cat­ing for you.”

Stud­ies Show High Rates and Impact of Trau­mat­ic Brain Injury in Iraq/Afghanistan Vet­er­ans (Jour­nal of Head Trau­ma Reha­bil­i­ta­tion):

The Jan­u­ary top­i­cal issue of JHTR includes a study sug­gest­ing that British troops deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have low­er rates of mTBI than their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts, and that psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors present before deploy­ment to com­bat are a major con­trib­u­tor to last­ing symp­toms in mil­i­tary per­son­nel with mTBI. Oth­er stud­ies report on the sur­pris­ing rela­tion­ship between mTBI and oth­er trau­mat­ic injuries, the high bur­den of mTBI on fam­i­ly care­givers, and a promis­ing approach to treat­ment.”

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