Quality of Life and Traumatic Brain Injury: a One-Year Longitudinal Qualitative Study

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Abstract:

This qualitative study aimed to gain an understanding of the experience of quality of life by those affected by traumatic brain injury. Eighteen patients, their significant other and members of the rehabilitation team were interviewed individually when the patient was discharged from the ward of a neurological rehabilitation hospital, then after 6 months and, again, at one year following discharge from the ward.

When the data were analysed, several factors involved in the subjective experience of quality of life were identified. These included a sense of wellbeing, functional status, personal autonomy and the need for the acceptance of disability. An understanding of the experience of those with traumatic brain injury could raise awareness of the issues involved and hence assist those involved in the care of this client group.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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