Practical approaches to family assessment and intervention

Samantha L. Backhaus, Thomas F. Bergquist, Summer L. Ibarra, Jeffrey S. Kreutzer

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This chapter highlights the importance of including the entire family in the long-term rehabilitation care following brain injury (BI). It explores a brief overview of the research on family functioning following BI. The chapter also explores practical strategies for assessment and intervention with the family system. Family often plays a vital role in the way that rehabilitation goes for survivors with BI. Family members are often present during acute hospitalization and some may promptly begin the role of caregiving by way of sharing information with staff to help them in caring for the patient and/or by assisting the nursing staff with hygiene and grooming needs of the patient. As the survivor’s condition is stabilized, the next stage of care may be inpatient and / or outpatient rehabilitation. Though it is difficult to delineate a specific timeline, typically the chronic stage occurs when patients obtain the majority of the neurological recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrain Injury Medicine, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780826143051
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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