How the 2011 RAND Report on TBI and Psych Health Was Conducted

Researchers talked to more than 600 people in the military who might know anything about TBI and psychological health to learn more about available programs.

So the program had to be something that was not regular medical care. So not the kind of place where you go to if you broke your arm but they happen to also provide other kinds of medical services that might be for people in need of mental health services or who have a TBI. So not regular medical care and not a brochure. There had to be some interaction with people. And then we spoke to over 600 people, and that included everyone we could find who knew anything about psychological health or traumatic brain injury in the military. We direct-called all sorts of military installations, we called medical facilities, we called chaplains' offices, personnel offices, anybody we could think of, and every time we spoke to somebody we said, "Oh, are there any other programs that you know about?" So that's really how we formed the whole core of the catalog to actually understand what was out there, and the total number in the end was 211.
Posted on BrainLine September 24, 2012.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Ashley Gilleland, and Jared Schaubert, BrainLine.