Communication & Prognosis After TBI Task Force

Communication & Prognosis After TBI Task Force


Rosette Biester, PhD
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Newtown Square, PA
+1.215.823.5800 ext 6545


Chari HirshsonChari I. Hirshson, PhD
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY


The mission of the Communication & Prognosis after TBI Task Force is to develop projects and products that further the understanding of factors that influence long-term outcomes after TBI and how those factors are communicated to those who have sustained TBI and their families. The task force strives to contribute to the process of knowledge translation associated with prognosis in a way that helps professionals meet the needs of patients and families in understanding the long-term impact of TBI.


2018 GOALS

  • *New ED Project—systematic review
  • *Continued—Analysis of Survey Project
  • *Submission to the Federal Interagency Conference on TBI

2018 Call for Proposals

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Language Used in Emergency Departments

Task force co-chairs, Rosette Biester and Chari Hirshson, are currently working with members on a project looking at language used in Emergency Departments (EDs) & Urgent Care facilities in the management of Concussion; they are comparing how language being used corresponds with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Mona Hicks of OneMind, is an active consultant on this project.

The team will review information disseminated on trauma symptoms, risks, and concerns. Some of the questions of interest are:

  • What percentage of hospitals hand out CDC head injury information (pamphlets) and if not, why may that be?
  • Is there a distinction between patients discharged from the ED versus those who are admitted in acute care?
  • Do Urgent Care facilities include informational material?

Once information is gathered via chief residents, fellows and administrators, members of this project hope to compare the quality of information across service delivery points. At the annual meeting, members of the task force will be reviewing their research and the best approach to gathering data.


Educating Survivors of TBI & Their Families

A second project is a continuation of a survey completed a few years ago on educating survivors of traumatic brain injury and their families. The purpose of re-analyzing the data is to provide families and clinicians with information on how to disseminate TBI and health related information to the patient about his/her injuries.