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Research Article  |   September 2009
Occupational Therapy for Service Members With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Vining Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Fellow, Proponency Office for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, and Clinical Scientist, Sister Kenny Research Center, 800 East 28th Street at Chicago, Minneapolis, MN 55407; mary.radomski@allina.com
  • Leslie Davidson, MSEd, OTR/L, is Associate Director of Occupational Therapy, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
  • Deborah Voydetich, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary W. Erickson, COL, SP, USAR, MAOL, OTR/L, is Chief, Reintegration Branch, Proponency Office for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA, and Chief Occupational Therapist for the U.S. Army Reserve
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Development of Clinical Guidelines
Research Article   |   September 2009
Occupational Therapy for Service Members With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2009, Vol. 63, 646-655. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.5.646
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2009, Vol. 63, 646-655. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.5.646
Abstract

More occupational therapists are needed to provide client-centered, evidence-based rehabilitation to the large numbers of service members who sustained mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) while deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Proponency for Rehabilitation and Reintegration tasked a team of occupational and physical therapists to assemble evidence-based best practices specific to mTBI. Despite the fact that evidence-based reviews, guidelines, and research regarding occupational therapy for mTBI are sparse, the team developed the Clinical Practice Guidance: Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Occupational therapy practice recommendations specific to client education, vision, cognition, resumption of roles, and emotional well-being are summarized for civilians and characterized as practice standards or practice options. By using evidence-informed and holistic services, occupational therapists have the potential to lead rehabilitation and reintegration efforts for service members with mTBI and advance changes in the profession itself.