The Austrian Traumatic Brain Injury Project

An International Health Care Initiative: Improving Patient Outcome from Head Injury in Central and Eastern Europe (1999-2001)

The project, supported by the Open Society Institute grant, focused on the implementation of scientific evidence-based treatment guidelines for the management of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and documented the efficacy of these protocols through an analysis of outcomes. The project started in Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia. In year two it was expanded to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Education and training of local physicians was followed by collaboration using electronic means, mostly an interactive, internet database. INRO followed the performance of each center closely and provided them with a monthly summary of their progress as