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Flora M. Hammond, M.D. Joins Medical Issues Panel of BIAA /Mount Sinai TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project October 24th, 2014

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October 24, 2014

 

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Flora M. Hammond, M.D. of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) and Indiana University School of Medicine Joins Medical Issues Panel of BIAA /Mount Sinai TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project

 

Indianapolis, IN – Flora M. Hammond, M.D., is one of the participating Primary Investigators for the Medical Issues Panel of BIAA/Mount Sinai TBI Rehabilitation Guidelines Project.

As part of its mission to advance research and appropriate treatment for people with brain injuries, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) announced in July that it has awarded a grant to the Brain Injury Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The grant funds a three-year investigation to develop Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Fifty of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians, as well as family members of people with brain injuries, were selected to review and assess evidence in functional, medical, cognitive, behavioral, and social domains. They held their first meeting September 9 and 10 in Dallas, Texas.

Flora M. Hammond, M.D., is currently Chief Medical Affairs at RHI and Covalt Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at IU School of Medicine.  From 1995-2009, she worked at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, North Carolina where she served as the Brain Injury Medical Director and Research Director.  Dr. Hammond graduated from medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine.  She completed a brain injury medicine fellowship at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Her research in the area of brain injury includes studying the prediction of outcome, aging with brain injury, causes of and treatments for irritability, and interpersonal relationship quality.  Dr. Hammond has 19 years of experience in rehabilitation care, research, and administration earning her a reputation for her success in these areas, and has received numerous awards for her work.

“Individuals who sustain TBIs rarely have access to rehabilitation of sufficient timing, scope, duration, and intensity that would allow them to recover to the maximum extent possible,” said Susan Connors, President and CEO of BIAA. “When a person’s care is delayed, discontinued, or denied altogether, the result is often increased re-hospitalization rates and greater levels of disability. This creates a cycle of joblessness, homelessness, and dependence on public programs.”

BIAA and Mount Sinai are addressing this problem head-on. During the next three years, panelists will:

 

  1. Identify and fully describe the continuum of care available following TBI;
  2. Determine the evidence for various rehabilitative treatments and, based on that evidence and/or expert opinion, make recommendations for treatment and management in various settings;
  3. Produce a document that supports improvements in the quality and consistency of rehabilitation treatment; and
  4. Broadly disseminate the recommendations to payer, provider, patient and advocacy communities in an effort to increase access to care.

 

The goal of the project is to learn how much rehabilitation adult patients with moderate to severe TBI should receive, in what setting, and at what time. BIAA and Mount Sinai have pledged to keep the brain injury community fully informed and invite input and feedback at certain key points along the way. Visit www.biausa.org/TBIGuidelines for more information.

 

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