Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Battlefield Assessment

  • Tamara McKenzie-HartmanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9245


Researchers report that “Due to enemy tactics and the frequency of operational missions, many service members are at risk of sustaining more than one concussion during deployment” (Barth et al. 2010). It is further noted that as numerous service members go on multiple deployments, the opportunity for injury is increased. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), 40% of all blast injuries in the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) conflicts involve traumatic brain injury (TBI). Furthermore, many mild and moderate head injuries are reportedly overlooked due to more imminent medical treatments focused on polytrauma injuries including amputation and burns (Martin et al. 2008).

DoD instructional policy (DoDi 6490.11), entitled “Guidance for Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion in the Deployed Setting,” is intended to protect service members involved in potentially concussive events, direct leaders on mandated...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defense and Veterans Brain Injury CenterJames A. Haley, VA HospitalTampaUSA