The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) has discontinued its “Co-occurring Conditions Tool Kit: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Health” and related products (e.g., training DVD, slides). The content is no longer consistent with current published clinical guidelines.
DCoE requests that its affiliated locations conduct an inventory of slide decks, links, attachments and any other materials that reference or represent the product in any form, for deletion or disposal. The agency asks that paper copies be destroyed by cutting the spiral binding, disassembling the pages, and discarding. Electronic copies should be deleted. A flier, “PDF: Co-occurring Conditions Tool Kit Discontinued,” was prepared to share in common areas.
DCoE developed the tool kit to help primary care providers assess and manage patients with co-occurring mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, and psychological health disorders. As a comprehensive clinical guidance tool, it combined clinical guidance and recommendations from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and helped providers initiate appropriate symptom management when multiple diagnoses were present.
“With revised guidelines, it is imperative that we deliver the most current and refined information available to health care providers treating our service members,” said Navy Capt. Richard Stoltz, director of DCoE.
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