In recent years, there has been a surge of research dedicated to understanding and improving outcome for traumatic brain injury. And yet there is still a wide gap between research and practice. Clinicians and rehabilitation professionals can benefit from the knowledge provided by ongoing research, and also help to shape future research projects.
In an effort to close the gap between research and practice, a 5-year initiative called the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation project was created in 2009 with the following goals:
• Review research evidence-by providing fellowships for clinicians to study neurotrauma and developing research-based best practice guidelines.
• Understand practice-including the management of mTBI in the emergency department and skeletal muscle spasticity in rehabilitation.
• Develop and test interventions for practice change-by implementing research-based best practices, especially in the management of mTBI in the emergency department.
• Build capacity for knowledge translation in neurotrauma-by developing training, skill development, and support for clinicians.
The next two years should bring more information about the results and effectiveness of this initiative.
Green SE, Bosch M, McKenzie JE, et al. Improving the care of people with traumatic brain injury through the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation (NET) program: Protocol for a program of research. Implementation Science. (September 2012).