INESSS-ONF Guideline for Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI
Click here for Ontario Provincial Guidelines: www.braininjuryguidelines.org
Scope and Purpose
The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI, also referred to as the INESSS-ONF Guideline, is designed to improve patient health outcomes through providing evidence supported recommendations specifically for the rehabilitation of adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This acts as a tool which health care professional can refer to during the clinical decision making process.
The rehabilitation guideline is primarily targeted towards healthcare professionals and managers who are involved in the rehabilitation of adults with moderate to severe TBI in Canada. The recommendations encompass many settings from acute care to post-acute inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation. The Guideline may also be an important resource for medical care providers within the community and support workers who are involved in the care of patients with a TBI. Lastly, the recommendations can be accessed by stakeholders such as policy makers, organizations providing funding, and adults with a TBI or their family and caregivers. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality and consistency of rehabilitative care that is provided to such patients. However, the Guidelines do not negate the validity of other approaches and the clinical judgment of healthcare professionals based on other factors and normative regulations.
The INESSS-ONF Guidelines are designed for clinicians to assist in the care of adults aged 18 – 65 years old who have a moderate-to-severe acquired brain injury. Recommendations span acute care settings, post-acute inpatient care, and outpatient rehabilitation. These guidelines are relevant for both the publicly funded sectors as well as for those receiving private care funded by a third party.