Adult criteria

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Essential criteria

  • Has evidence of a brain injury
  • Aged 16-65 years
  • Client is able to engage in the rehabilitation process
  • Functional, cognitive and psychosocial brain injury rehabilitation goals identified
  • Resides within the geographical service region
  • Complex needs can be addressed within a multidisciplinary team approach.

Inclusion criteria

Table 3: Adult inclusion criteria
PriorityCriteriaDecision

Priority 1

Severe* traumatic brain injury (TBI) less than two years ago

Accept

Priority 2

Moderate* TBI less than two years ago

Acceptance dependent upon service capacity, option for secondary consultation with treating team

Priority 3

Severe* TBI longer than two years ago

    Acceptance dependent upon service capacity, option for secondary consultation with treating team, considered on a case-by-case basis if injury was more than five years earlier

    Non-traumatic brain injury (or ABI) that is not progressive nor degenerative

    Accepted into the program at the discretion of the BIRP service manager, taking into account the capacity of the service and the complexity of the client’s needs.

    Option for secondary consultation with treating team

    Complicated mild TBI, defined as: mild TBI Glasgow Coma Scale 14-15 resulting in one of the following:

    • significant structural lesion on CT scan
    • significant acute clinical symptoms
    • significant persisting post-concussion symptoms

    Accepted into the program at the discretion of the BIRP service manager, taking into account the capacity of the service and the complexity of the client’s needs.

    Option for secondary consultation with treating team

    Priority 4

    ABI meets essential criteria and will benefit from a program that requires multidisciplinary allied health inputs and rehabilitation case management

    Considered on case by case basis.

    Option for secondary consultation with treating team

    * Refer to classification of injury severity for TBI

    Exclusion criteria

    • ABI from progressive and degenerative neurological disorders
    • No evidence of TBI
    • Single discipline referrals
    • Age
      • Clients aged over 65 and still in the paid workforce will be considered on a case-by-case basis
      • Clients under 18 years of age may continue to be managed by the paediatric BIRPs while in school and then transition to adult services.
      
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