PI: Dr. Shannon Suldo, Education

Sponsor: James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital

This project will supplement the existing infrastructure of the Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Program (VA-TBIMS) lifetime study mirrored after the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Model System programs to examine healthcare needs for Veterans and Service Members (V/SM) with chronic TBI. Specifically, the study will provide essential foundational information on (1) the long-term physical and mental health effects of TBIs incurred by Veterans and Service Members , (2) chronic rehabilitation needs and (3) the impact of physical and mental health comorbidities on trajectory of disability in the first five years post-injury. Novel mixed methods approaches will be used to evaluate the status of needs identified as well as location, accessibility, and satisfaction of healthcare and rehabilitation services provided to Veterans and Service Members to inform clinical programs about preferences for health care services in chronic stages.