Individuals with brain injury may suffer from physiological, cognitive and behavioural changes and issues after their injury. In these cases rehabilitation is usually required. Brain injury rehabilitation can occur as a in-patient, out-patient or within a community setting. Rehabilitation may include evaluation by a clinical psychologist in order to advise the patient on how they can build on their current skills and abilities. An occupational therapist may also provide support for difficulties experienced at home, along with help in carrying out daily activities (dressing, washing etc.). A physiotherapist may be part of the team if physiological rehabilitation is required. A speech and language therapist may also be involved to help support communication.
The focus of the APHF team in this area is: How do we know if brain injury rehabilitation is effective? In collaboration with Craig Court Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit (an inpatient residential service for people who have experienced acquired brain injury), we are exploring how goals are used to measure and identify progress, the use of standardised questionnaires to measure self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression and the effectiveness of a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group.