Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: International Perspectives

By Anne-Lise Christensen; Barbara P. Uzzell | Go to book overview

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Psychosocial Outcome in Denmark

Tom W. Teasdale and Anne-Lise Christensen


ABSTRACT

Results, are presented from a follow-up study of 69 patients who had completed the day program at the Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury at the University of Copenhagen. Data from the patients were collected for five time points: (a) preinjury, (b) preprogram, (c) postprogram, (d) a 1-year follow-up, and (e) a 3-year follow-up. The results suggest that gains are achieved in the areas of independent living, employment, and leisure activities. These gains appear either immediately following completion of the day program or at the 1-year follow-up, and they are substantially sustained at the 3-year follow-up.

To begin by defining terms of reference, this chapter presents results from one particular center in Denmark, namely the Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury (CRBI) at the University of Copenhagen. At the time of writing, there are five centers in Denmark providing rehabilitation programs. But our own center is in fact the oldest, and therefore we are able to present follow-up results for a comparatively large group of patients up to 3 years after completion of the program.

The term psychosocial needs to be defined. It here refers to three broad and fundamental aspects of everyday life: first of all, their domestic situation by which we mean whom they live with rather than what kind of physical home people have. Do they live on their own, do they live in a marital or cohabiting relationship, or do they live with parents or guardians? The second aspect is occupation. Do

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