Evaluation of Outcome Effects
The family support program was developed partly in response to recommendations about the design of traumatic brain injury (TBI) services suggested in the literature. First, the literature reviewed suggests that there is a need for psychosocially oriented programs in which both the family and the TBI family member participate (Forssmann-Falck & Christian, 1989; Rosenthal, 1989). Second, in line with the promising results of Prigatano et al. (1984) and Rattok et al. (1992), rehabilitation needs to be holistic; that is, it needs to target a wide range of areas of functioning (e.g., social, family, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive), using a variety of techniques (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, vocational counseling, cognitive compensation). Third, contact with services needs to reflect the longterm nature of TBI sequelae (e.g., Thomsen, 1984) and thus be provided for several years after injury. Fourth, careful attention needs to be paid to the requirements of those living in rural areas where rehabilitation services are frequently either not available or difficult to access (C. Evans & Skidmore, 1989).
KeywordsTraumatic Brain Injury Family Support Traumatic Brain Injury Patient Consumer Satisfaction National Adult Reading Test
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