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Identifying and Treating Concussion/mTBI in Service Members and Veterans

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Resources for Health Care Providers

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If you require one-on-one advice or information, please call the DCoE 24/7 Outreach Center: 1-866-966-1020.

Here are the clinical practice guidelines for the management of concussion/mTBI from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.

Here is the Veterans Health Initiative study guide on TBI.

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) offers an online guide for health care providers which links providers to general information, clinical training, and additional resources: DVBIC TBI Information and Resources for Providers

If you are confused by military jargon or acronyms, please refer to the following website: War Psychiatry Acronyms and Abbreviations

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) offers a pocket guide to concussion/mTBI: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Pocket Guide You can request print copies by emailing

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published the following fact sheet: Magnitude of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and MTBI Facts.

To understand the wartime experience of your patients, read this piece: A Flashlight Out of the Dark.

Resources for Patients and Families

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Your patients and their families can get more information about concussion and what resources are available at any of the following sites:

Each of the branches of the military — Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force — has targeted resources for injured service members:

This article from DVBIC can help family members sort through those resources: Support for Wounded Service Members and Their Families

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Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Lead Content Producer: Sherray Holland, PA-C, Neuroscience Clinical Advisor
Executive-in-Charge: Michael Wilmore, MPAS, PA-C, Director of Clinical Affairs
Executive Producer: Sherry Chiasson, MBA/HA, BSW, Manager, Multimedia Education Materials and Distribution
Co-Executive Producer: Leslie Shupenko, MS, CCRP, Manager, Office of Clinical Initiatives
Copy Editor: Susan Schept, Medical Writer

TBI Subject Matter Experts
Adam Anicich, Assistant Director of the Congressional Liaison Service, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Alison Cernich, VA Senior Liaison for TBI, DCoE
Capt. J. L. Hancock, M.D., U.S. Navy
Dr. Wendy Law, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

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Producer: John Rubin, Ph.D., John Rubin Productions, Inc.
Co-Producer: James Donald, John Rubin Productions, Inc.
Medical Consultant: John Whyte, M.D., Ph.D., Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute
Special Thanks: Victor Medina

Web Producer: Kelly Deckert
Web Developer: Ian Collins
Associate Project Manager: Krystal Klingenberg
Editor: Victoria Tilney McDonough
Project Coordinator: Justin Rhodes
Project Consultant: Vicky Youcha
Executive Producer: Christian Lindstrom

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