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The study was conducted to determine
Interventions were individualized after initial evaluation of each participant’s cognitive, behavioral, affective, and social functioning. This initial evaluation included an interview with the participant and at least one significant other. In some cases, home visits or observations of the participant in a community setting (e.g., work site) were performed.
Interventions were provided by various professionals (e.g., psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and vocational specialists). Therapy was conducted in both individual and group settings, with a typical therapy day lasting five hours. Participants and their significant others received concurrent education and counseling services.
Measures were taken upon admission to the program, at discharge, and at follow-up (an average of eight months after discharge).
The study took place at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Challenge Program in Houston, TX.
This was a retrospective study.
A neuropsychological test battery was conducted, with tests for the following domains: intellectual, verbal memory, visual memory, executive functions, language, visual perception, motor, and mood. The measurement instruments were unnamed.
Independence and productivity status rating scales were completed on admission, discharge, and follow-up to the program. Rating scales were shown to be sensitive to patient improvement in previous studies of patients with TBI. Specifics include:
Improved independence for six patients and improved productivity status for eight patients was demonstrated from baseline measurements. The average cost of treatment was $5,471.19 ± $3,200.73. The average number of treatment days was 20 ± 12.85.
The study provides preliminary support for the use of treatment approaches originally designed for patients with TBI.