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Traumatic Brain Injury Model System of Care

The Drucker Brain Injury Center at Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation has been designated by the federal government as a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) since 1997 for its culture of research integrated with care. It was one of the first centers of it's kind and is the only one in the mid-Atlantic area.

What is a Model System?

A Model System is a center of excellence for both treatment and research related to a particular disability. It is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

NIDRR gives Model System awards to centers with:

  • A strong track record of excellent clinical care and treatment
  • The ability to carry out a program of research on outcome prediction and treatment
  • A superior record of publications, presentation and other knowledge dissemination and teaching on TBI rehabilitation

TBIMS at Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation

The Jefferson TBIMS center combines clinical expertise with the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI). Together, they manage projects run locally as well as those at other Model System centers. Information on TBI Model System patients is added to the national database that contains data from thousands of people with TBI. This database is used to study the factors that predict recovery and outcomes of TBI.

More information on the national database including a full listing and syllabus describing all the data elements may be found at the website of the TBI Model System National Data and Statistical Center at Craig Hospital: www.tbindsc.org.

A superior record of publications, presentations and other knowledge dissemination and teaching on TBI rehabilitation. The leaders and collaborators in the Jefferson TBIMS are nationally and internationally recognized for their professional and consumer outreach efforts. For more information on knowledge generated in the TBI Model System program, see the website of the Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) at www.msktc.org.

Jefferson TBIMS Activities

Research activities:

The TBIMS conducts longitudinal research in collaboration with other premier centers across the nation, and local research designed to improve traumatic brain injury treatments and outcomes.

Traumatic Brain Injury Research Studies:

For the 2007 through 2012 grant cycle, the Jefferson TBIMS investigated the effects of dextroamphetamine (DEX) on attention, engagement in therapy, cognitive and motor speed, and the overall rate of recovery. We also compared our patient outcomes to those of a collaborating hospital in Denmark which has longer and more intensive care than hospitals in the United States. The 2007-2012 Jefferson TBIMS collaborated with other centers on studies of the natural history of headaches after TBI, vocational treatments, and the effects of neighborhood characteristics on TBI outcomes.

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Consumer Information:

In addition to its treatment and research activities, our Model System includes:

An Advisory Council made up of treatment staff, former patients and members of their families, and community members who are helping us improve our clinical services, research efforts, and educational/outreach activities. Extra follow-up services to help us keep better track of patients who are out of the hospital to make sure they get the services they need. Conferences for persons with brain injury, their families, and professionals in the field, run by our TBIMS in collaboration with other rehabilitation facilities and the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania. (www.biapa.org)

Graduation from the Community Re-Entry Program is a transitional process that occurs as the individual's goals and objectives have been achieved and when a meaningful activity pattern is being maintained outside of the program. This activity pattern may consist of a combination of full or part-time employment, volunteer work, school, and/or recreation and leisure activities.

As the degree to which an individual's needs for his/her activity pattern to be supported by the Community Re-Entry staff diminishes, "active" programming is phased out. Even after an individual has successfully demonstrated the implementation of an activity pattern he/she frequently will still need some support in maintaining that pattern. It is also important that contact with employers, teacher, volunteer supervisors and family members be faded away gradually as they play an important role in the success an individual will experience.

Have More Questions?

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-CALL MOSS.

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