Podcasts: Assisting Patients with TBI: A Brief Guide for Primary Care Physicians

TIRR Memorial Hermann
Podcasts: Assisting Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Brief Guide for Primary Care Physicians

This series of four podcast modules is designed to inform primary healthcare professionals, who are not specialists in traumatic brain injury (TBI), about the healthcare and community reintegration needs of persons with TBI. Topics covered in these modules include:

  1. The basics of TBI (Module 1),
  2. Diagnostic issues and using neuropsychological reports (Module 2),
  3. Comorbid emotional and behavioral conditions of TBI (Module 3), and
  4. Strategies for and modifications to primary care clinical practice to effectively accommodate persons with TBI (Module 4).


Module 1: General Information about Traumatic Brain Injury - My patient has a what? This podcast provides physicians with basic information about the epidemiology, pathophysiology, common sequelae, and patterns of recovery following TBI.

Module 2: Clarifying Diagnosis and Utilization of the Neuropsychological Report - For a variety of reasons, patients may not always report having had a TBI to their doctor. This podcast includes information that you may find helpful when interviewing your patients to determine if they have had a TBI, how to effectively use a neuropsychological report, and when to refer your patient for a neuropsychological evaluation.

Module 3: Common Comorbid Emotional and Behavioral Disorders for Persons with TBI - Patients with TBI often have troubling emotional and behavioral disorders following their injury. This podcast covers some of the more common comorbid conditions patients with TBI often present including depression, Postconcussive Disorder, and PTSD among others.

Module 4: Modifying Clinical Practice and Suggestions Regarding Resources - Cognitive and physical TBI sequelae can be challenging to deal with. This podcast offers suggestions on how to modify your clinical interactions with patients with TBI to accommodate issues including dysarthria, slowed processing, and memory difficulties. Healthcare specialists trained in working with patients following TBI are reviewed.

Posted on BrainLine October 27, 2010.

From TIRR Memorial Hermann. Used with permission. www.memorialhermann.org.