Brain Injury and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: International Perspectives

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

CHAPTER TWENTY - TWO
Panel Discussion

Moderator:
Barbara P. Uzzell

Panel Members:
Leonard Diller, Aase Engberg, Ritva Laaksonen, José León-Carrion, Claudio Perino, George P. Prigatano, Jean-Luc Truelle, Tom W. Teasdale, Barbara Wilson

Discussants from the Audience: Anne-Lise Christensen, Nathan Cope, Hallgrim. Kløve, Donald Stein


B. P. Uzzell

Many questions need to be addressed in the field of rehabilitation. But none is as urgent as the one I posed to members of the panel and audience. This question is pervasive, and answers to it also provide answers to other questions.

Throughout history, there have been, and will continue to be, individuals who sustain brain injuries. In the past two decades, more of these individuals than ever are surviving. Many of them are young people whose life expectancy may be a further 50 or 60 years. What can be done for them? Neuropsychological rehabilitation is a human, personal activity both for individuals needing services and therapists providing them. It is costly both in terms of requiring therapists to be well educated and experienced, and in the operation of centers in many different areas of the world. Some individuals do not believe it produces satisfactory results. Others laud its benefits. It has developed a core of knowledge over the years, as is evident by the chapters in this book.

The question I want to pose is: Is rehabilitation worthwhile and appropriate for all brain-injured persons? The latter part of the

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