Ohio State University
Project Director: John D Corrigan
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Comprehensive rehabilitation: Comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation in the Ohio Regional TBI Model System is provided in the 24-bed, Brain Injury Unit in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the OSU Medical Center. Established in 1983, it was the first program in the state to be CARF accredited for specialized brain injury rehabilitation and remains the only program so accredited serving central, north central and southern Ohio. All local hospitals refer patients with severe TBI to the Brain Injury Unit at OSU; however, the majority of patients come from the three adult trauma centers in our Model System. Continuity from trauma service to inpatient rehabilitation admission is facilitated by the involvement of OSU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinical faculty and residents from the first days of trauma care through admission to rehabilitation.
Post-Acute Services in Rehabilitation: Post-acute services are provided through the Brain Injury Clinic, the outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program, and the TBI Network. All patients discharged from the Brain Injury Unit are followed through the Brain Injury Clinic until there are no additional medical rehabilitation needs. Contact may be re-initiated at any time. TBI Model System research staff initiate re-contact with the clinic when needs are identified during follow-up activities, linkages and referrals to community-based services may be arranged as well. Integrated PT, OT, Speech, Vocational and Psychological services are provided via the NeuroRehabilitation Program. Services are typically provided in the period immediately following inpatient rehabilitation, though services may be initiated at any time post-injury. The TBI Network is a specialized treatment program for persons with TBI and substance use disorders. Services are community-based, using a case management model. Vocational services are integrated within the treatment model. Involvement with the program can begin while still in inpatient rehabilitation, but may occur at any time post-injury. An average of 100 clients are treated annually, the average length of stay for successful discharges is two years. The Ohio Regional TBI Model System has participated in a joint venture with the Brain Injury Association of Ohio (BIA-OH) to build Central Ohio's capacity to better serve persons with TBI. The goal of the project is to integrate public information, professional education, and systems advocacy for preventing secondary complications of TBI. Community systems are impacted not only through education of their members, but also by building a commitment from within the system to effect change in the way persons with TBI are served.
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