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Assessment of MTBI

Assessment of MTBI

Diagnostic Protocol

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the Head Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (1993). Definition of mild traumatic brain injury.  Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 8(3), 86-87.


A patient with mild traumatic brain injury is a person who has had a traumatically induced physiological disruption of brain function as manifested by at least one of the following:

  1. any period of loss of consciousness;
  2. any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident;
  3. any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident (e.g., feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused);
  4. focal neurological deficit(s) that may or may not be transient but where the severity of the injury does not exceed the following:

a. loss of consciousness of approximately 30 minutes or less;
b. after 30 minutes, an initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 13-15; and
c. posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) not greater than 24 hours.



ADL's (Activities of Daily Living)

Characterize the individual's daily routine.



Physical Therapy


Tests to be considered: MMPI-II, Beck's Depression Inventory, Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, FIRO-B, Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery, Detroit Tests of Learning Aptitudes, Booklet Category Test, Wisconsin Card Sort, Trails-A & B, Neuropsychological Battery, Wide Range Achievement Test, Motor Free Visual Perception Test, Test of Visual Perception Skills, and the Santa Clara Valley Perceptual Motor Evaluation.