We are pleased to share the collaborative effort between the Canadian Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC) and Brain Injury Canada (BIC) in launching a joint position paper advocating the recognition of moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a chronic disease. This paper highlights the pressing need for the Canadian healthcare system to provide adequate support for the long-term consequences of TBI, shedding light on the cognitive, behavioral, physical, and emotional impacts that align with the World Health Organization’s chronic disease definition.
The position paper also presents compelling data showcasing the far-reaching societal effects of TBI, including homelessness, incarceration rates, mental health, and employment issues, making it crucial to raise awareness and advocate for this important change. We extend our gratitude to the individuals and organizations involved in this initiative and urge everyone to disseminate this document to help ensure consistent and essential support for those living with the challenges of TBI. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those impacted by brain injury.