Traumatic Brain Injury


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.

  • Spencer Milo works on his balance during a physical therapy session at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health at the University of Colorado, photo courtesy of Spencer Milo


    Advances in Care for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries or PTSD

    A new standard of care proposed by RAND researchers aims to redefine high-quality care for veterans with a traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder. But it also could serve as a template for making health care more effective, more consistent, and more responsive for more patients.

    Nov 8, 2021

  • Laboratory scientist Mihai Popescu points out areas of magnetic activity in a brain on a display at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, photo by U.S. Army

    Research Brief

    How to Improve Long-Term Outcomes for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Treatment for veterans with TBI has improved since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began. But today's veteran population is more diverse than ever, and improving outcomes requires a better understanding of how TBI affects veterans' lives over the long term, what they may need as they age, and effective treatments.

    Apr 28, 2022

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