The VCU Model System of care provides comprehensive, coordinated inpatient and outpatient care for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The system includes emergency medical services; early intensive and acute medical care; comprehensive rehabilitation services; and long-term rehabilitation follow up.
The VCU program also carries out scientific research. Our research programs focus on improving care and quality of life for people with brain injury and their families. The benefits of couple's support and education, the effectiveness of teaching resilience for survivors, and researching the long-term outcomes after brain injury are important areas of study. VCU staff have published their work extensively in medical and rehabilitation journals.
In addition to our research, we produce a quarterly newsletter, TBI Today, distribute educational fact sheets, and participate in a variety of educational events related to brain injury rehabilitation and outcomes.
The faculty and staff of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation along with our colleagues in the VCU Health System are committed to working together to improve the lives of people with TBI. The collaboration and teamwork of our devoted staff have proven successful as indicated by our federal designation as a model system of care since 1987.
The VCU Model System is funded by Grant #90DP0033 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Human Services (HHS), Washington, D.C.