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The Brain Injury Special Interest Group (BISIG) has compiled this collection of resources for members' professional development and use in clinical practice. This list is not comprehensive, and if you have a suggestion or recommendation, please contact us.

 

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs)

CPGs are graded recommendations on best practice based on the systematic review and evaluation of the quality of the scientific literature. They bridge the gap between evidence and recommendation and are comprised of both evidence-based and expert-based information to guide clinical practice decision-making.

     

    Traumatic Brain Injury Evidence Database to Guide Effectiveness (TBI EDGE)

    An ANPT task force of leaders in treatment and research for patients with brain injuries met and reviewed hundreds of applicable resources for clinicians to provide recommendations for outcome measures used in clinical practice, research, and entry level physical therapist education.

     

    The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (JNPT)

    JNPT is the official, quarterly publication of the ANPT that is a resource for advancing neurologic physical therapy practice through the dissemination of definitive evidence, translation of clinically relevant knowledge, and integration of theory into education, practice, and research.

    JNPT also offers a Discussion Board for professional collaboration and discussion of treatment strategies and current research and its impact on clinical practice.

     

    PTNow

    This is an ongoing area of development for members of the APTA. PTNow offers multiple resources, including access to full-text research articles, a central Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC), clinical summaries (including a Concussion Clinical Summary), tests & measures, CPGs, and Cochrane reviews. Results can be filtered by age and health condition - select "Concussion" from the drop-down list! 

     

    Evidence-Based Review of Moderate to Severe Acquired Brain Injury (ERABI)

    ERABI is a joint project to develop an evidence-based review of the literature for rehabilitation or rehabilitation-related interventions for ABI. The principle of the ERABI is to improve the quality of ABI rehabilitation by synthesizing the current literature into a utilizable format and laying the foundation for effective knowledge transfer to improve programs and services.

    ERABI was designed to identify two areas:

    1. Areas in rehabilitation for which strong evidence for effectiveness is lacking and therefore require further research
    2. Areas where the research evidence is strong and should be transferred effectively to improve programs and services

     

    Center for Disease Control (CDC): Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion

    The CDC has a vast amount of resources for medical professionals and the general public. This includes various resources such as PDF handouts related to concussion in sports, severe TBI, statistics, long term outcomes, causes and risk groups, reports and facts sheets, and social media. The CDC also developed HEADS UP, a series of educational initiatives to raise awareness and inform action to improve prevention, recognition, and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries.

     

    Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)

    The Brain Injury Association of America is a national organization that aims to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.

    ChangeYourMind

    • #ChangeYourMind: a public awareness campaign that provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. A toolkit is provided with Brain Injury Facts and Statistics, Press Release Template, social media posters, flyers, fundraising, and more.
    • 2020 BIAA Legislative Issue Briefs: Each year, the BIAA releases updated legislative issue briefs detailing the critical public policy issues of importance to people with brain injury. Advocates are encouraged to use the issue briefs when working with national, state, and local government officials to educate them on topics ranging from access to care, research, TBI Act appropriations, and information on the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force. 
    • Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) Certification: This credential is available to individuals that have demonstrated extensive experience with individuals with brain injury.
    • March is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Bring awareness all month long and consider advocating on Capitol Hill on Brain Injury Awareness Day.
     

    American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRIM) Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG)

    The ACRM BI-ISIG promotes high standards of rehabilitation practice, education, and research among interdisciplinary professionals with common interests in brain injury.

     

    Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

    The Foundation, with funding support from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, works with consumers, researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers to create not only a research agenda but also knowledge outreach agenda to create the necessary changes to reduce and/or eliminate this devastating injury and to improve the quality of life for those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury, including acquired brain injury (ABI).

     

    U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE)

    The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Toolkit was designed to help military and civilian physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists gain knowledge of valid and reliable screening tools, patient-oriented outcome instruments, and evidence-informed intervention techniques that are useful in evaluating and treating service members with concussion/mild traumatic brain injury.

     

    Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC): Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

    MSKTC is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Burn Injury. They provide multiple resources including, fact sheets, slideshows, videos, and more.

     

    Featured Articles

    • Counseling Following Concussion: Northwestern University’s Master of Arts in Counseling program addresses the psychological and emotional effects of a concussion and how counselors can help students adjust back to normal life.
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