Risk Factors for Institutionalization after Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation

Regina S. Eum, Allen W. Brown, Thomas K. Watanabe, Nathan D. Zasler, Richard Goldstein, Ronald T. Seel, Elliot J. Roth, Ross D. Zafonte, Mel B. Glenn

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Objective: To create a profile of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who received inpatient rehabilitation and were discharged to an institutional setting using characteristics measured at rehabilitation discharge. Methods: The Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems National Database is a prospective, multicenter, longitudinal database for people with moderate to severe TBI. We analyzed data for participants enrolled from January 2002 to June 2012 who had lived in a private residence before TBI. This cross-sectional study used logistic regression analyses to identify sociodemographic factors, lengths of stay, and cognitive and physical functioning levels that differentiated patients discharged to institutional versus private settings. Results: Older age, living alone before TBI, and lower levels of function at rehabilitation discharge (independence in locomotion, bladder management, comprehension, and social interaction) were significantly associated with higher institutionalization rates and provided the best models identifying factors associated with institutionalization. Institutionalization was also associated with decreased independence in bed-chair-wheelchair transfers and increased duration of posttraumatic amnesia. Conclusions: Individuals institutionalized after inpatient rehabilitation for TBI were older, lived alone before injury, had longer posttraumatic amnesia durations, and were less independent in specific functional characteristics. Research evaluating the effect of increasing postdischarge support and improving treatment effectiveness in these functional areas is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-167
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


  • cross-sectional studies
  • institutionalization
  • rehabilitation
  • risk factors
  • traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology


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