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Outcomes of Free Flap Muscle Transfer Following Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury: Impacts on Clients’ Engagement in Daily Life

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posted on 2021-12-13, 11:43 authored by SARA SINCLAIR BRITO
Severe BPIs result in on-going, life altering impairment that impacts an individual’s ability to engage in daily life. This thesis aims to better understand long-term outcomes following free functioning muscle transfers (FFMT) reconstructive surgery for management of traumatic, pan-BPI in Australia. This very small, clinically complex population experienced limitations in activity and participation engagement; however, they successfully used compensation and adaptation to adjust following injury. This thesis found that patients’ experiences were enhanced through less tangible factors including positive social supports combined with holistic care that considered biopsychosocial factors.


Principal supervisor

Nikos Thomacos

Additional supervisor 1

Prof Ted Brown

Additional supervisor 2

Dr Bridget Hill

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Occupational Therapy

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences