What are the Model System Programs?
Model Systems are networks of hospitals across the nation that focus on tracking and improving recovery of people with one of three types of injuries: burn injury, spinal cord injury (SCI), or traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Model Systems are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education, and include several initiatives:
-To complete research on selected conditions (TBI, SCI, and burn injuries)
-To disseminate research findings to the public
- To educate patients and families
-To uphold excellence in clinical care
Spaulding is one of only two hospitals in the nation that has received the distinction for being a Model System in all three areas.
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What kinds of research are being conducted through the model systems programs?
-Patients who meet certain criteria can be enrolled in national databases that track outcomes for TBI, SCI, and burn patients. Enrollment occurs while the patient is an inpatient at a Model System hospital. These patients are followed from the time of injury for the rest of their lives.
-There are also some studies of interventions, such as tDCs for chronic lower limb pain for burn and spinal cord injury patients, and a neuroimaging study for brain injury patients with disorders of consciousness.
What are the benefits to the patients?
-Patients at Model Systems hospitals have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects
-We can use outcomes of our research to modify our existing clinical programs
-Patients can benefit from resources and education regardless of whether or not they qualify for research. Take a look around this website, to start!
The Spaulding-Harvard Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (SH-TBIMS) in Boston, MA has a diverse and active group of clinicians and researchers, specialized in patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries - including those with Disorders of Consciousness (DOC). Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with brain injury.
The MSKTC has many resources available about the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.
The mission of the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is to bring a high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. As part of their mission, the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System contributes to the TBI National Data and Statistical Center - gathering data from several national sites on Traumatic Brain Injury and health outcomes.