The mission of the Polytrauma and Blast-Related Injuries (PT/BRI) QUERI is to promote the successful rehabilitation, psychological adjustment and community re-integration of individuals who have polytrauma and blast-related injuries.
To achieve our mission, we have three interrelated priority goals:
The scope of the PT/BRI QUERI includes the full range of health problems, healthcare systems and psychosocial factors represented in this mission. The PT/BRI QUERI, therefore, is not limited to one medical problem. Instead, this QUERI focuses on the complex pattern of comorbidities and related functional problems and health care needs among the combat-injured.
Despite the breadth of this scope, our priority clinical focus is traumatic brain injury (TBI) within the context of polytrauma (TBI/polytrauma). That is, our clinical priority is TBI that co-occurs with injuries to other body structures and systems (including mental health).TBI is a priority area for VHA and of increased prevalence due to the post-September 11, 2001 wars. The cohort that is the primary target of our activities is VA patients who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND).