How much rehab for adults with traumatic brain injury?

How much rehabilitation should adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury receive, in what setting, and at what time?

Hawaii attorney Ian Mattoch has represented persons who have sustained traumatic brain injuries for over 20 years.  He received an announcement from  Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).  BIAA is teaming up with the Brain Injury research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to answer this important question:  How much rehabilitation should adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury receive, in what setting, and at what time?

BIAA and Mount Sinai are asking for experienced clinicians in post-acute rehabilitation to participate in a three-year investigation beginning July 1, 2014.

As a lawyer with offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Lihue, Wailuku, Kona, and Waimea, Ian Mattoch knows that individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury rarely have access to rehabilitation in sufficient timing, of sufficient scope, duration, and intensity that would allow the best outcome.  When a person with traumatic brain injury’s treatment is delayed, discontinued prematurely, or denied altogether, the result is often increased hospital re-admissions and greater levels of impairment and disability.  This creates a situation of joblessness, homelessness, and dependence on public programs.

BIAA and Mount Sinai hope to address this problem head-on, through the development and widespread distribution of Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.

The Brain Injury Association of Hawaii is addressing this issue through its support, planning, implementation of Hawaii’s first Brain Injury Resource Center.  Please contact the Brain Injury Association of Hawaii’s Executive Director at malia.wi@hawaiiantel.net for more information about its Day Program and other programs and support groups.

 

 

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