Introduction: Cognitive dysfunction due to cerebral trauma is a serious problem for patients and also society, since young people often suffer head injuries and the dysfunction lingers for the rest of their lives. Recently, this dysfunction has been gradually recognized, and methodologies for rehabilitation have been studied. To cope with this dysfunction, organic interdisciplinary cooperation is necessary —brain surgeons for acute cognitive dysfunction; rehabilitation departments, neurological medicine departments, and clinical psychotherapists for rehabilitation and counseling; and local governments for social rehabilitation. However, such cooperation in each local region is woefully insufficient in Japan. In this circumstance, the Tama District municipality established Tama Society for Research into Cognitive dysfunction in January 2006, with the purpose of developing a local system for enabling patients with cognitive dysfunction to receive better treatment and care, by preparing networks and intra-government cooperation for diagnosis, treatment, physical and social rehabilitation.
Society members: Hospitals that treat acute head injuries, rehabilitation support centers, rehabilitation facilities, and government officials in charge of public welfare inside the medical care zones in Tama District
Activities: A lecture meeting was held twice, to educate medical care and public welfare personnel about cognitive dysfunction. Furthermore, the society members investigated medical care and public welfare facilities related to cognitive dysfunction in Tama District, produced a local map indicating the functions of each facility, and reported them at the third lecture meeting. Based on this information, each municipality is promoting the development of systems for coordinating diagnosis, treatment, and social rehabilitation. Such an integrated cooperative system is expected to accelerate the functional recovery of patients with cognitive dysfunction, whose disorder is often missed at the acute phase and who cannot have a chance to receive rehabilitation and tend to be isolated, and to be diffused as a model system throughout Japan.