Individuals with head injuries or who suffer from exposure to explosive blasts (such as first responders, accident victims, and combat troops) may experience mild to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that causes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical problems. RAND conducts studies to assess the educational needs of TBI patients and their families and to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of government-sponsored programs designed to support TBI patients.
The RAND Program Manager's Guide is a tool to help assess program performance, consider options for improvement, implement solutions, then assess how well the changes worked, with the intention of helping those responsible for managing or implementing programs.
Despite supporting more than 200 psychological health and traumatic brain injury programs, the Department of Defense lacks a way to develop, track, and assess the performance of this portfolio. RAND researchers developed a toolkit to support decision-making regarding continued program support and expansion.
The RAND Program Classification Tool is an instrument containing questions and response options across eight key domains that allows for the consistent description of programs in the same content area. Such data can help program portfolio managers compare programs, avoid duplication, and target technical assistance.
The RAND Online Measure Repository is a tool that contains descriptions of 171 measures to support monitoring and evaluation of psychological health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs. Detailed information is provided for each measure in an online searchable database, including measure domains, uses, psychometrics, and costs.
Private contractors who worked in Iraq, Afghanistan or other conflict environments over the past two years report suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression more often than military personnel who served in recent conflicts. Relatively few get help either before or after deployment.
Experts identified innovative practices, continuing challenges, and lessons learned from evaluating a program that follows traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients during and after their military careers.
Spouses, family members, and others who provide informal care to U.S. military members after they return home from conflict often toil long hours with little support, putting them at risk for physical, emotional, and financial harm.
Despite the recent drawdown in Iraq, the high operational tempo of the past decade that has included longer and more-frequent deployments has resulted in significant mental health problems among some servicemembers. More than 200 programs are available to help treat psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues, but better coordination of those efforts is needed.
Information for families of veterans returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems that veterans may face.
A comprehensive study of the post-deployment health-related needs associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury among servicemembers returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
This pamphlet of information was designed for veterans returning from deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan who may face post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other emotional and behavioral problems.