All patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) experience an initial period of Post-Traumatic Amnesia (PTA), resulting in disorientation and inability to create new memories. There remains a lot to learn about PTA, its process of recovery, and its relationship to therapy.

With support from the TAC, Professor Jennie Ponsford of Monash University's School of Psychology and Psychiatry is leading a research team to learn more.

The objective is to better understand the processes involved in assessing patients with PTA, as regards to the duration of PTA and the order of returning memories.

This is a particularly important information, as the estimated duration of PTA is commonly used by specialists to predict longer-term functionality of TBI patients, and thus to predict ongoing patient costs.

Another objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy received during PTA.

Patients are currently given little therapy during PTA to minimise the risk of agitation, but there are reasons to believe that therapy received at this time could actually improve a patient's functionality and help to reduce their hospital stay.

Status

This research is ongoing. The team have produced a number journal:

Watch this space for further updates.