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The Efficacy of Early Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury

posted on 2017-09-24, 23:59 authored by JESSICA EVE TREVENA-PETERS
This thesis evaluated the efficacy and feasibility of delivering activities of daily living skills retraining during posttraumatic amnesia following traumatic brain injury compared to commencing this retraining following emergence from posttraumatic amnesia. The group receiving the treatment showed greater improvements in functional independence over time and the intervention delivered did not increase levels of agitated behaviour during posttraumatic amnesia. Goal attainment for those receiving the treatment also showed positive outcomes of the intervention. Therapist perspectives of delivering the intervention were explored. Overall, the study indicated benefits of commencing manualised skills retraining during posttraumatic amnesia following traumatic brain injury.


Principal supervisor

Jennie Louise Ponsford

Additional supervisor 1

Adam McKay

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology

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Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences