- •Those with more severe traumatic brain injury described more barriers to accessing care.
- •Ease of communication with providers was the most common facilitator.
- •Distance from facilities was the most common barrier.
- •Tailored approaches for those with greater disability are needed to improve access.
Main Outcome Measures
List of abbreviations:DoD (Department of Defense), PRC (polytrauma rehabilitation center), SMV (service members and veterans), TBI (traumatic brain injury), TBIMS (TBI Model Systems), VA (Veterans Affairs)
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Portions of this research were presented at the 95th annual American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine, Dallas, TX, September 30-October 3, 2018, and the 97th American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine, Atlanta, GA, October 21-24, 2020.
This work was prepared under Contract W91YTZ-13-C-0015 and HT0014-19-C-0004 DHA Contracting Office (CO-NCR) HT0014 and, therefore, is defined as U.S. Government work under Title 17 U.S.C.§101. Per Title 17 U.S.C.§105, copyright protection is not available for any work of the U.S. Government. For more information, please contact [email protected] This material is also based upon work supported by: (1) the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium under Award No. W81XWH-13-2-0095, [The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 820 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office.]; (2) VHA Central Office VA TBI Model Systems Program of Research; (3) 9Line LLC; (4) grants from National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems program: Indiana University School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (Grant #90DRTB0002) and University of Washington (Grant #90DRTB0008). Lastly, this material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and Palo Alto VA Health Care System facilities.
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