This special commentary by Whyte and colleagues serves as an introduction to the efforts of a large group of brain injury investigators to reach consensus on what they believe are the common data elements essential for research in traumatic brain injury and psychological health. These efforts (jointly supported by the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center) resulted in a collection of 9 papers that provide the recommendations of the various working groups (eg, imaging, outcome measures and biomarkers). The authors note that the evidence base varied in terms of quality and that the goal of their endeavor was to enhance consensus among researchers without sacrificing innovation or rigor. • SEE PAGE 1692
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