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Ralph G. DePalma Memorial TBI Clinical Strategies

Characterization of Lifetime TBIs in a Cohort of Recently Deployed Soldiers

by Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP
Seminar date: 12/3/2019

Description: Those that served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or Operation New Dawn (OND) are at risk of sustaining mild TBIs. Both the VA and DOD have initiated strategies to identify individual’s history of deployment-related TBI, as well as treatment symptoms associated with such injuries. Nonetheless, limited information is available regarding lifetime history of TBI, even among those with a known history of military-related TBI. Such information is particularly pertinent in light of findings which suggest that outcomes are worse among those with a history of multiple mTBIs. Among a cohort of deployed individuals, Soldiers reported sustaining a median of 2 lifetime TBIs. Slightly more than half of the sample without a most recent deployment-related TBI still reported a history of a lifetime TBI (some of which occurred during previous deployments). Findings from this study, as well as research and clinical implications will be discussed. Intended audience: Clinicians and Researchers interested in TBI.

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