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New Training Helps Providers Treat Service Members with Post-Concussion Sleep Problems

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Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) released a new training module to help primary health care providers assess and treat patients with sleep problems after a brain injury.

The training teaches providers how to quickly navigate the “Management of Sleep Disturbances Following Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Guidance for Primary Care Management in Deployed and Non-Deployed Settings” clinical recommendation. This clinical guidance helps standardize the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of post-concussion sleep disturbances among service members.

“The overall goal of this training is to help providers mitigate sleep disturbances resulting from a mild TBI by increasing the consistency of care for patients throughout the Military Health System,” said Dr. Scott Livingston, DVBIC’s education director.

Though sleep disorders (such as insomnia, circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorder and obstructive sleep apnea) are common following a concussion, they can impact a service member’s overall health.

“Lack of sleep exacerbates concussion symptoms such as pain and irritability and negatively affects cognition, social functioning, response to rehabilitation and return to work,” said Livingston.  “Sleep disruption can also prolong post-injury recovery by impeding the restorative processes that occur during sleep.”

“We developed this easy-to-use, interactive training format for military and civilian health care providers to allow for a more intuitive, integrated learning experience,” said Livingston.

Health care providers can access the new training module via the DVBIC website. It is compatible with all mobile and desktop devices and can be used offline.

For more information about DVBIC or TBI in the military, visit the DVBIC website.

 

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This page was last updated on: April 18, 2017.