DVBIC expanded its online educational resources to include interactive webinars and self-guided courses. These educational opportunities are designed for civilian providers who treat service members returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please join us for the DVBIC Webinar Series.
(U.S. Army Photo)Medical providers who want to take a self-guided course on how to identify and treat mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, in the military population can complete an online course at BrainLineMilitary.org, a website created in collaboration with Washington's flagship public broadcasting station, WETA TV-FM. Our second online course addressing co-occurring conditions will help you identify and treat co-occurring conditions common in deployment-related concussion — specifically problems with sleep, mood, headaches, attention and memory.
Traumatic brain injury is a complex condition that can affect multiple aspects of physical, cognitive and behavioral functions. A wide range of medical specialties may be involved with the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of TBI patients, particularly in cases of severe TBI. These specialties can include, but are not limited to, audiology, ophthalmology, neurology, physical therapy, psychology, psychiatry, endocrinology, speech and language pathology and occupational therapy. Often, a multidisciplinary team is assembled to provide comprehensive care. In addition to specialty providers, primary care providers are integral in the identification and treatment of service members with TBI. The signs of traumatic brain injury are often difficult to recognize and easy to overlook after a traumatic event.
Health care providers can make a significant difference in the life of someone with TBI by working to understand the strategies which are used to identify and treat it. Service members and veterans with TBI are a unique population because they may have experienced circumstances that further complicate their clinical picture. These circumstances include multiple deployments, prolonged periods of stress, chronic pain, and separation from family and friends.
Healthcare providers may refer TBI patients, their family members and caregivers to DVBIC’s TBI Recovery Support Program, which provides support and information for up to 24 months as patients enter the rehabilitation stage of care, return to duty or transition to civilian life.
The resources provided in this section address concerns specific to TBI identification, assessment, treatment and care of the military and veteran populations.