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Outcome instruments in moderate-to-severe adult traumatic brain injury: recommendations for use in psychosocial research


Honan, CA and McDonald, S and Tate, R and Ownsworth, T and Togher, L and Fleming, J and Anderson, V and Morgan, A and Catroppa, C and Douglas, J and Francis, H and Wearne, T and Sigmundsdottir, L and Ponsford, J, Outcome instruments in moderate-to-severe adult traumatic brain injury: recommendations for use in psychosocial research, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation pp. 1-21. ISSN 0960-2011 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09602011.2017.1339616


BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can reduce psychosocial functioning, causing relationship, family, and employment difficulties. The present study by Moving Ahead: Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Brain Recovery aimed to identify a set of adult outcome instruments for moderate-to-severe TBI psychosocial research.

PROCEDURE: A review of 115 instruments (identified through nomination, literature search, and international expert opinion) was conducted over a 15-month period. Eleven psychosocial areas were examined: Global Outcome, Communication, Social Cognition, Behavioural and Executive Function, Other Neuropsychological Functioning, Psychological Status, TBI-related Symptoms, Activities and Participation, Support and Relationships, Sense of Self, and Health-related Quality of Life. Individual instruments were considered against selection guidelines, and specific measures that best met the guidelines were identified as core (common across all studies), supplemental (dependent on study type) or emerging.

RESULTS: The final recommendations, organised in accordance with the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning taxonomy, comprised 56 instruments for use in early recovery, outcome, and intervention studies.

CONCLUSION: These recommendations provide a coherent framework along with identified outcome instruments to guide psychosocial research in moderate-to-severe TBI. Adherence to the recommendations will enable data-pooling and comparison across studies and research settings facilitating consistent measurement across the lifespan.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:traumatic brain injury, outcome assessment, psychosocial, recommendations, remediation, research
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)
ID Code:120180
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-08-14
Last Modified:2021-02-03

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