Update on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Veteran Populations
Joseph Kulas, Ph.D., ABPP
January 21, 2019
9:00AM – 10:30AM.
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Chauncey Conference Center
CPA Members - $10 Non-Members - $25
Mild traumatic brain injury has been described as the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, owing to the high number of soldiers exposed to improvised explosive devices, mortar fire, and other concussive munitions. When these Veterans present to the VA upon their return from deployment and once they leave active duty, many of these former soldiers have complained of symptoms that are attributed to the effects of their experiences in combat, often to mild traumatic brain injuries that they describe. Treatment of these difficulties consumes a great deal of financial and medical resources and the treatments provided are variable. However, recent research has raised questions about the role that mild traumatic brain injury has in determining the functional outcomes of these returning soldiers. This workshop will present current information concerning the impact that mild traumatic brain injury has had on Veterans many of whom have returned from active war zones. Recent research on the functional outcomes, complicating factors, and controversies surrounding the assessment and treatment of those with mild traumatic brain injury will be discussed with the aim of providing a fuller understanding to attendees of the relevant issues surrounding this complicated diagnostic entity.
Attendees will be able to describe the problems associated with the assessment of mild traumatic brain injury in Veterans returning from active war zones
Attendees will be able to describe the resent research findings concerning the impact that mild traumatic brain injury has on the Veteran population
Attendees will be able to discuss relevant controversies and other explanatory models for ongoing symptoms in individuals with mild traumatic brain injury
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