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New Standards for Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

July 8, 2020

New standards help to guide care delivery for moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) has been a trailblazer in translating brain injury research into evidence-based guided resources to support healthcare providers in managing brain injury. In alignment with the release of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) report card, ONF has produced a new set of standards to guide TBI care delivery. The Standards for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury is a new resource purposed to guide clinicians in providing standardized care across the province. There are significant gaps in care delivery based on region which impact overall patient outcomes and perpetuate inefficiencies in the Ontario Health system. The standards help to eliminate these gaps by providing all healthcare providers with up-to-date knowledge support equitable care pathways for all Ontarians regardless of their address.

The goal is to provide patients with the highest quality, current and evidence-informed care.

The aim of the standards is to improve the consistency of rehabilitation and supportive services accessible to persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to capture standardized components of effective rehabilitation. The standards are based on the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI and have been directed to healthcare providers and patients and families. Both versions are available in English and French.

Available Resources

  • Standards for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury - for healthcare providers
  • Standards for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury - for patients and family
  • Normes des pratique pour la réadaptation des adultes ayant subi un traumatisme craniocérébral modéré ou grave
  • Normes des pratique pour la réadaptation des adultes ayant subi un traumatisme craniocérébral modéré ou grave - version à l'intention des patients

Key Objectives

  • Develop and implement standards for TBI rehabilitation throughout the province.
  • Establish collective competence in all elements of rehabilitative care supports and facilitate networks for regionalized care.
  • Build an improved system for management and referrals.
  • Improve the knowledge of patients and families regarding what they can expect as optimal services.
  • Develop methods for assessment, coordination and measurement of standards.
  • Increase health equity across the province by providing standardized recommendations applicable to all formal and informal rehabilitation providers.

Key Users

These standards should be used directly by clinicians, hospital administrators, and ABI navigators to maximize gains from each stage of rehabilitation and inform organizational priorities in constructing effective care continuums.

The standards tell people with a TBI and their family/caregivers what they need to know about quality care for TBI and can help them advocate for the services they need.

Learn more.

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