Rehabilitation outcome of brain damaged patients after severe head injury

T. Najenson, Z. Groswasser, L. Mendelson, P. Hackett

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Abstract

The multidisciplinary team approach to the prolonged treatment of head injured patients is widely discussed. The rehabilitation process of the 147 subjects of this paper started while they were comatose and continued throughout the various stages of their progress towards full integration into society; the assessment of this process was carried out by testing their reintegration into work according to their capacities. Brain damage is classified in four categories: Physical-locomotor, communicative, cognitive and behavioural. The gap between the team's expectations and the patients' factual functioning within the community was found to be proportional to the extent of damage caused by the original injury. Treatment procedures and the influence of various factors on the factual functional state are discussed at length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980

Keywords

  • Head injuries
  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • Rehabilitation
  • Work capacity

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