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Relationship of TBI to Psychiatric Disorders in Veterans and Service Members: A Systematic Review

About the Course

Both traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological disorders (PTSD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, and substance use) are common in Veterans and service members. This study sought to clarify the possible relationship between deployment related mild TBI (mTBI) and common psychological disorders, as well as implications for treatment. Existing research that met standards for scientific rigor was analyzed. The authors concluded that individuals with mTBI are more likely to have a number of psychological disorders, and that the treatment modalities studied all demonstrated improvement in pre-post study designs, although none was clearly superior. The authors emphasize the need for more detailed study, particularly through the use of randomized, controlled treatment studies.

This course is based on the article, Relationship of TBI to Psychiatric Disorders in Veterans and Service Members: A Systematic Review created by Nancy Greer, PhD, et al in March of 2019.

Publication Date:

March, 2019

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Nancy Greer, PhD

Dr. Greer is a Health Science Specialist at Veterans Benefits Administration and has written multiple publications for the Veterans Administration.

Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH

Timothy Wilt, MD, MPH is a general internist and health services researcher whose work is at the intersection of health care practice, research and policy. Dr. Wilt is the Director of the VA-Evidence-based Synthesis Program at the Minneapolis VA and the Co-Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. He conducts clinical trials, database studies and systematic reviews and meta-analyses of existing evidence to evaluate the effectiveness and harms of health care interventions. Dr. Wilt serves on national health care practice and policy committees in order to identify, disseminate and implement research findings and make a widespread positive difference in health care delivery.

Course Creator

Kinta Parker, PhD

Kinta Parker is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a Medical and Pediatric Psychologist. She has taught multiple courses throughout her career and has given presentations throughout the United States.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain how this study furthers understanding of the relationship between deployment related mTBI and psychological disorders
  2. Summarize the major findings concerning the relationship of mTBI and key psychological disorders
  3. Summarize the major findings concerning the treatment of psychological disorders in Veterans and service members with mTBI
  4. Describe the clinical issues that require further investigation and potential strategies to implement those studies

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Course Number 102969
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