Rehab effectiveness still unclear with TBI

Insufficient evidence exists to determine the effectiveness of multidisciplinary postacute rehabilitation programs for patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new AHRQ Effective Health Care Program review concludes.

These programs aim to improve the physical, cognitive, and behavioral health of the estimated 1.7 million people diagnosed annually with TBI.  The differences and complexity of patient populations and treatment approaches within studies–including time since injury, injury severity, impairment type and severity, and different intervention approaches to address needs–make it difficult to carry out, combine, and draw firm conclusions from these studies.

These findings and others can be found in the review, Multidisciplinary Postacute Rehabilitation for Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Adults.

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