In 1998, the NIH held a Consensus Development Conference on Rehabilitation of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury. The Consensus Development Panel recommended two things. First, that TBI patients have an individualized rehabilitation program developed for them, based on the patient’s strong points and abilities. And secondly, that rehabilitation services should be adapted over time in order to adjust to the patient’s changing needs.
The panel also recommended that severely injured individuals receive rehabilitation treatment that brings together the skills of many specialists. This involves individually customized treatment programs in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, physiatry (physical medicine), psychology/psychiatry, and social support.
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