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Invited Commentary on “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Report to Congress: Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Epidemiology and Rehabilitation”

      Abstract

      Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant health problem, afflicting millions of people worldwide. Despite increasing awareness of its burden on patients, families, and society, much remains unknown regarding TBI incidence, how best to assess outcomes post-injury, and the most effective means of providing rehabilitation services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published recommendations to Congress that address these critical knowledge gaps. The report is the end product of work completed by a notable panel of experts and stakeholders that makes overarching recommendations aimed at addressing knowledge gaps in TBI, with the ultimate goal of decreasing injury occurrence and improving outcomes. It is a succinct and powerful report that should serve as a call to action to fund innovative research and reverse a trend in health care that restricts access to rehabilitation services.

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      CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), IRF (inpatient rehabilitation facility), TBI (traumatic brain injury), TBI-CDE (TBI Common Data Elements Project)
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