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Dixon and Demarest Join National Traumatic Brain Injury Panel - November 25, 2014

Fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians were recently selected to develop Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Julie Fidler Dixon, MS, CRC, CCM, CBIS, executive director at On With Life, and David Demarest, Ph.D., neuropsychologist at On With Life, were honored to be selected as two of these national experts. Dixon has 40 years of experience working in the rehabilitation field, including the last 14 years as the executive director of On With Life. Dr. Demarest has more than 25 years of extensive experience serving children and adults in the rehabilitation and neuropsychology field.

As part of its mission to advance research and appropriate treatment for people with brain injuries, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced in July that it has awarded a grant to the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The grant funds a three-year investigation
to review and assess evidence in functional, medical, cognitive, behavioral, and social domains. The group held their first meeting September 9-10 in Dallas, Texas.

“Individuals who sustain TBIs rarely have access to rehabilitation of sufficient timing, scope, duration, and intensity that would allow them to recover to the maximum extent possible,” said Susan Connors, President and CEO of BIAA. “When a person’s care is delayed, discontinued, or denied altogether, the result is often increased re-hospitalization rates and greater levels of disability. This creates a cycle of joblessness, homelessness, and dependence on public programs.”
BIAA and Mount Sinai are addressing this problem head-on. During the next three years, panelists will:

  1. Identify and fully describe the continuum of care available following TBI;
  2. Determine the evidence for various rehabilitative treatments and, based on that evidence and/or expert opinion, make recommendations for treatment and management in various settings;
  3. Produce a document that supports improvements in the quality and consistency of rehabilitation treatment; and
  4. Broadly disseminate the recommendations to payer, provider, patient and advocacy communities in an effort to increase access to care.

The goal of the project is to learn how much rehabilitation adult patients with moderate to severe TBI should receive, in what setting, and at what time. Visit www.biausa.org/TBIGuidelines for more information.