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TBI Provider Resources

TBICoE develops practical, easy-to-use clinical tools to support military and civilian health care providers in assessing and treating service members and veterans who have sustained a TBI. Providers can access clinically-relevant information and resources that address common symptoms associated with mild TBI, such as headache, sleep disturbances and vision problems. We also offer Provider Education materials for our clinical recommendations and tools.

Most clinical recommendations have related patient resources to help providers educate their patients through recovery. Check out the Patient and Family Resources section to locate fact sheets, family and caregiver support tools.

TBI educators, known as regional education coordinators, may also be available in your location to provide training on our clinical tools. Email TBICoE's dissemination branch to be connected with an REC nearest you.

Supporting TBI Resources for DODI 6490.11 and DHA-PI 6490.04

The DODI 6490.11, DOD Policy Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures on the management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, in the deployed setting. The DHA-PI 6490.04 Required Clinical Tools and Procedures for Assessment and Clinical Management of Mild Brain Injury (mTBI)/Concussion in Non-Deployed Setting establishes the Defense Health Agency's required clinical tools and procedures for management of mTBI/concussion, specifically, the use of the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation, Version 2 (MACE 2) and a progressive return to activity (PRA) framework for the assessment, management, and rehabilitation of all patients with mTBI/concussion.

The following resources specifically support these policies.

Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2 (MACE 2)

Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI

Recurrent Concussion Evaluation Card

ICD-10 Coding Guidance for TBI

Clinical Recommendations for Mild TBI

TBICoE optimizes clinical care by combining evidence from medical literature, health care research and expert opinion to develop and provide clinical suites to help providers deliver evidence-based treatment and address the challenges associated with mild TBI.

Learn more about clinical recommendations and supporting resources.

*NEW* Neuroimaging Following Concussion/Mild TBI: Guidance for the Primary Care Manager Clinical Recommendation

Find and download the new clinical recommendation here!

Neuroimaging Following Concussion/Mild TBI

Dizziness and Visual Disturbances Following Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Sleep Disturbances Following Concussion/Mild TBI

Headache Following Concussion/Mild TBI

Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Mild to Moderate TBI

Neuroendocrine Dysfunction Screening Following Concussion/Mild TBI

Neurocognitive Assessment Tool (NCAT) Testing Following Concussion/Mild TBI

Additional Clinical Support Tools

TBICoE also offers the following tools to assist in the identification, treatment and management of patients with mild TBI in deployed and non-deployed settings.

Find and download the additional tools here.

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PRA Training Video 2: Six Major Changes

Video
7/22/2021
PRA Training Video 2: Six Major Changes

In this lesson we review the six major changes in the TBICoE's revised 2021 Progressive Return to Activity (PRA) Clinical Recommendation that differ from the original recommendation. The changes reflect the latest TBI research, and will make it easier for providers to manage the recovery process and return service members with concussion to full duty as quickly and safely as possible. Each video in the PRA training series is designed to support primary care providers' ability to manage concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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PRA Training Video 1: PRA Overview

Video
7/22/2021
PRA Training Video 1: PRA Overview

In the first of TBICoE's Progressive Return to Activity (PRA) video training series, you will learn about the reasons for using a progressive return to activity process and receive an overview of the 2021 PRA algorithm and its associated tools. By the end of lesson one, providers will better understand the PRA process, and explain that process to service members diagnosed with concussion. Each video in the PRA training series is designed to support primary care providers' ability to manage concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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PRA Training Video 5: The Six Stages of the PRA

Video
7/22/2021
PRA Training Video 5: The Six Stages of the PRA

In this lesson, we cover the key activity objectives for each of the six stages of the Progressive Return to Activity (PRA) Clinical Recommendation and provide activity examples for each stage. Each stage is designed to gradually increase the intensity and duration of a service member's physical and cognitive activity as they advance in the PRA process. Each video in the PRA training series is designed to support primary care providers' ability to manage concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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PRA Training Video 4: PRA Progression Criteria

Video
7/22/2021
PRA Training Video 4: PRA Progression Criteria

In this lesson, we review the criteria for advancing through the stages of the Progressive Return to Activity (PRA) Clinical Recommendation. Each video in the PRA training series is designed to support primary care providers' ability to manage concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Help With Ongoing Symptoms Following Concussion/Mild TBI Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
4/28/2021

Although the majority of service members recover from concussion with little to no intervention, some experience symptoms beyond the first three months after their initial injury. This fact sheet addresses why symptoms continue to persist in some patients and how they can cope or seek additional help.

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MACE 2 Provider Training Refresher

Publication
4/5/2021

This version of the MACE 2 Provider Training is a shortened refresher of the full-length training slides.

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Vision Problems After Concussion Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet
3/30/2021

This TBICoE fact sheet helps patients diagnosed with a concussion/mild TBI understand vision problems and provides insight into treatment options.

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TBI Hot Topics Bulletin March 2021

Publication
3/24/2021

Are you a busy health care provider? Not enough time to keep up with the latest TBI research trends and news? Stay informed with the TBI Hot Topics Bulletin. TBICoE tracks the latest TBI scientific studies, advances, and discoveries most relevant to health care providers. This issue covers the fourth quarter of calendar year 2020.

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Progressive Return to Activity After Concussion Video

Video
2/25/2021
Progressive Return to Activity After Concussion Video

The PRA is an evidence-based, easy-to-use approach to help providers return service members with mild TBIs back to duty safely. TBICoE researchers have found that, if medical providers completed a two-hour, in-person training on the use of the PRA, their patients saw an overall reduction in symptoms after one week, one month, and three months, when compared to patients treated by providers who had not received the training.

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TBICoE 2020 Publications

Publication
2/25/2021

Master list of 2020 TBICoE Research Publications.

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Returning to Duty After Concussion

Infographic
2/24/2021
Returning to Duty After Concussion

This TBICoE infographic gives an overview of the risks of returning to duty too soon after a concussion and explains how a progressive increase in activity can help get you back to duty safely. Returning to duty too soon after concussion can lead to prolonged symptoms, poor marksmanship, decreased readiness, accidents and falls, and increased risk of more concussions.

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Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI

Publication
2/23/2021

The 2021 Progressive Return to Activity (PRA) Following Acute Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Recommendation is an evidence-based return to activity protocol for primary care managers and concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI) clinic providers. The PRA is a six-step approach that begins after the provider performs the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation 2 (MACE 2) and diagnoses the patient with a concussion/TBI. The PRA stages start with relative rest and allow service members to gradually increase activities until they receive clearance for return to full duty or activity. In each stage, it offers general and military specific activities and options to help providers manage their patients’ primary symptom clusters. The PRA also offers recommendations on specialty referrals and handouts are available for providers to give patients and leadership.

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Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild TBI Provider Training

Publication
2/23/2021

The TBICoE revised the Progressive Return to Activity Following Acute Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Recommendation (PRA) and this updated provider training slide deck. The trainings objectives will help providers to identify the key changes to the updated 2021 PRA; explain the rationale for using a PRA protocol for service members post-concussion; understand the criteria for progression following a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury; identify appropriate activities at each stage of progression; understand how to apply primary care management strategies and specialty referral considerations to treat concussed service members who are not progressing as expected; utilize the Tri-Service Workflow mild TBI Alternate Input Method Form to document the PRA in the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Application.

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Sleep and TBI

Video
2/8/2021
Sleep and TBI

Sleep disturbances are common for service members and veterans following a mild TBI, also known as concussion.

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2020 DOD Worldwide Numbers for TBI

Publication
1/28/2021

TBICoE is the Defense Department's office of responsibility for tracking traumatic brain injury data in the U.S. military. Here you'll find data on the number of active-duty service members—anywhere U.S. forces are located—with a first-time TBI diagnosis in calendar year 2020. The data is also broken down by each branch of the armed services.

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