About the Model Systems 

Model Systems are specialized programs of care in spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and burn injury (Burn). Model Systems pool information and conduct research intended to improve the long-term functional, vocational, cognitive, and quality-of-life outcomes in individuals with TBI, SCI, or burn injury.

The Model Systems are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct innovative and high-quality research, provide patient care, and offer other services to improve the health and overall quality of life for individuals with TBI, SCI, and burn injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems

The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems are called "model systems" because they are national leaders in SCI-related care and research.

Currently, there are 14 SCIMS centers across the United States; each center provides the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary care from point of injury through rehabilitation and full community re-entry. In addition to these 14 centers, the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Data Center directs the collection, management, and analysis of a longitudinal national SCI database.

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    Traumatic Brain Injury Injury Model Systems

    The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The TBI Model Systems are called "model systems" because they are national leaders in TBI-related care and research.

    Every year, an estimated 1.56 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) requiring medical attention. Currently, there are 16 TBI Model Systems Centers across the United States, each providing the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary rehabilitation care that includes emergency medical, acute medical, and post-acute services. In addition to providing direct services, these centers play a pivotal role in building national capacity for high-quality treatment and research serving persons with TBI, their families, and their communities.

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    Burn Injury Model Systems

    The Burn Injury Model Systems (BIMS) are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The Burn Model Systems are called "model systems" because they are national leaders in burn-related care and research.

    Each year, about one million Americans sustain a burn injury - of these injuries, 45,000 are serious enough for hospitalization. Severe burns are one of the most complex forms of trauma injury and often require long-term rehabilitation. A person with a burn injury often suffers from a wide range of physical and psychosocial problems that can affect his or her ability to function.

    There are 4 BIMS centers across the United States, each providing the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary care from point of injury through rehabilitation and full community re-entry. In addition to these four centers, the Burn Model Systems National Database directs the collection, management, and analysis of a longitudinal national burn database.

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