The Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS) program was created and funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in 1987 to demonstrate the benefits of a coordinated system of neurotrauma and rehabilitation care and conduct innovative research on all aspects of care for those who sustain traumatic brain injuries. The mission of the TBIMS is to improve the lives of persons who experience traumatic brain injury, their families and communities by creating and disseminating new knowledge about the course, treatment and outcomes relating to their condition. Ohio Regional TBIMS is one of 16 centers throughout the United States that provide comprehensive systems of brain injury care to individuals who sustain a traumatic brain injury, from acute care through community re-entry. Each center works closely with the Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC).
At the heart of the program is a long-term, longitudinal study of patients who receive rehabilitation for TBI. Each center systematically collects important data about eligible individuals with TBI. Consenting patients are followed 1, 2, 5, 10 and every 5 years thereafter to learn about the long-term effects of moderate and severe TBI. Each center contributes data to the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center (TBINDSC) located at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO.