Cognitive Rehabilitation of Blast Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (CRbTBI)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified January 2015 by Department of Veterans Affairs
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First received: June 3, 2010
Last updated: January 21, 2015
Last verified: January 2015

The purpose of this study is to investigate the efficacy of a structured rehabilitation program on cognitive function and quality of life in individuals with blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI).

Condition Intervention Phase
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cognitive Symptoms
Behavioral: Cognitive Intervention
Behavioral: Educational intervention
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Rehabilitation of Blast-induced Traumatic Brain Injury

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cognitive functioning [ Time Frame: Ten weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Daily functioning [ Time Frame: Ten weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Cognitive intervention
Behavioral: Cognitive Intervention
Cognitive rehabilitation treatment designed specifically to address the most common cognitive complaints in executive and memory function
Active Comparator: Arm 2
Educational intervention
Behavioral: Educational intervention
Educational intervention is geared at personal management of TBI-related symptoms.

Detailed Description:

The most common impairments following blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) are cognitive deficits in the domain of executive functioning, learning and memory, and functional and psychosocial disabilities that are closely related to these cognitive deficits. There are no treatment protocols available to address the multiple cognitive impairments in bTBI, but cognitive rehabilitation has proven efficacious in the treatment of non-blast TBI. The cognitive training modules we plan to evaluate have improved organization and memory function in patients with non-blast TBI, but it is unknown whether their efficacy exceeds that of programs that focus only on education and support. This study is a between group comparison of a cognitive rehabilitation treatment designed specifically to address the most common cognitive complaints in executive and memory function, and an active control group receiving educational intervention geared at personal management of TBI-related symptoms.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • OEF/OIF active-duty personnel or veterans exposed to blast
  • Meets criteria for mild TBI
  • LOC of 30 min or less
  • Age: 21- 50

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Evidence of penetrating head injury
  • History of previous neurological diagnosis
  • History of previous psychotic disorder prior to the blast exposure
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01138020

Contact: Yelena Bogdanova, PhD (857) 364-2249
Contact: Vivian Ho, BS (857) 364-4001

United States, Massachusetts
VA Medical Center, Jamaica Plain Campus Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02130
Contact: Yelena Bogdanova, PhD    857-364-2249   
Principal Investigator: Yelena Bogdanova, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Yelena Bogdanova, PhD VA Medical Center, Jamaica Plain Campus
  More Information

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT01138020     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D6996-W
Study First Received: June 3, 2010
Last Updated: January 21, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Rehabilitation Outcome
Cognitive treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Injuries
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on May 21, 2015