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Awarded Research Cooperative Agreement - Acute Care

Outcome Measurement of MTBI Among Children and Adolescents

FOA Number: CE03-106 - Development and Validation of Methods to Assess Outcomes of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Project Period: 9/30/03-9/29/07
Application/Grant Number: 1-U17-CE323352-01
Principal Investigator: Gerard Gioia, PhD
Children’s Research Institute
111 Michigan Ave
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-745-5006
Fax: 202-745-5586


The Children’s Research Institute proposes to develop and validate a test battery for measuring the neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes of children ages 6-18 who sustain a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

Researchers will first adapt and pilot the test battery on 90 children (60 healthy children and 30 with cognitive conditions including MTBI). Second, they will collect normative data on 800 children without documented disabilities and 120 children with developmental disabilities. Third, they will test the computerized battery on 40 children who sustain an MTBI and present to the emergency department. Finally, researchers will implement the test battery in three different settings: an urban hospital emergency room, a rural hospital emergency room, and a sports recreation program.

Goals of this research are to develop a computerized test battery for MTBI with ImPACT, the BRIEF, and N-back test; to develop normative data for this battery; to examine the validity of the test battery; and to implement the battery in several emergency departments and sports/recreational settings.