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(p. 129) Psychosocial Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury 

(p. 129) Psychosocial Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury
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(p. 129) Psychosocial Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury
Author(s):

Walter Erich Penk

, Dolores Little

, and Nathan D. Ainspan

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199353996.003.0012
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date: 22 October 2020

This chapter reviews assessment and rehabilitation techniques for veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI presents clinicians with an array of disorders requiring complicated approaches for rehabilitation. The chapter begins by summarizing the assessment techniques implicating in both medical and mental aspects for diagnosing TBI, noting advances are underway in developing evaluation techniques. Following classification of TBI through a problem-oriented approach, the chapter reviews basic techniques for psychosocial rehabilitation of TBI. These techniques are empirically validated by outcomes studies, clinical studies, and randomized clinical trials. These investigations have also yielded interventions with practice guidelines for clinicians, including such techniques as case management, supported education, supported employment, and family psychoeducation. New clinical and research studies are underway. However, more is needed as health care planning and interventions progress to address increasing needs of combat veterans meeting TBI criteria that range from mild to severe.

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