The Achievements and Significance of the Moss TBI Model System

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) awards Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care. Launched in 1997, the Moss TBI Model System is a world class center of excellence providing state-of-the-art research, innovative treatment, and valuable programs for people with Traumatic Brain Injury. Each TBI Model System contributes to the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Data and Statistical Center, participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with TBI; their families, caregivers, and friends; health care professionals; and the general public. 

Moss and MRRI are very proud to be recognized as a TBI Model System. This prestigious designation was recently added as an element of the US News and World Report ranking methodology for Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation, and it contributed to Moss’s Top 10 ranking in 2021. In this new data-driven ranking system, rehabilitation facilities receive points for measures of resources related to patient care (structure), clinicians’ decisions and actions toward patients (process), and patient outcomes (outcomes). Facilities receive credit in the structure category if they have one or more model systems designations awarded by NIDILRR (designations are available in the areas of Spinal Cord Injury, Burn, and Traumatic Brain Injury), and the model systems designation accounts for 2% of the overall ranking.

Over the past 24 years, the Moss TBI Model System has followed 1,390 participants and conducted over 4,500 interviews out to 20 years post-injury. Our efforts and collaborations have resulted in 112 peer-reviewed research publications and 16 research grants, as well as the development of novel clinical programs and products. Moss clinicians and researchers look forward to continuing to serve as leaders in the field of rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury as they work to advance innovative research projects and deliver exceptional clinical care through the Moss TBI Model System.

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