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Published on July 09, 2007

RIC Develops TBI Screening Tool To Be Used On Returning Illinois Veterans

Felise Zollman and Tammy Duckworth

Dr. Felise Zollman and Major
Tammy Duckworth

RIC has been instrumental in the development of a landmark process in which Illinois National Guard members returning from combat will be screened for mild brain injury, which affects roughly 14 to 20 percent of service members, especially those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Symptoms of brain injuries are not always prominent in those affected and tend to go undetected without a screening.

The TBI screening tool was announced at a press conference held on Tuesday, July 3 with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, Major Tammy Duckworth. RICs Medical Director of Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Felise Zollman, who along with Dr. Elliot Roth, RIC's Chief Academic Officer, developed RIC’s proprietary TBI screening tool. RIC will work with the State of Illinois this year to train and implement this process, which will be instrumental in identifying symptoms of brain injury and PTSD and providing a better level of care to these injured Veterans earlier.

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