Vocational intervention and support following job placement for persons with TBI

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Model System:
TBI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
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Journal:
The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2010, vol. 32, issue , pp 135-150
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Abstract:
Previous research on vocational rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury (TBI) has suggested that coaching and other services provided following job placement are particularly important for successful work re-entry in this population. Methods of defining and measuring these services are needed to estimate more precisely their effects on vocational outcomes. In this study we developed a measure of the type, amount, and location of post-placement interventions that could be completed by treaters in “real time”. Treatment was measured prospectively for 6 months after job placement for 65 people with moderate to severe TBI treated at 5 TBI Model System centers. Centers were found to differ substantially in the amount and location of treatment provided following job placement; centers providing more intensive treatment and treatment at the workplace also served more severely impaired clients at a longer interval after injury. Within centers, participants’ cognitive speed and emotional distress predicted certain aspects of amount and type of treatment provided. Three-fourths of the sample were still working at the placement job after 6 months. Due to the confounding between case mix and treatment variables, unique effects of treatments on outcomes could not be determined.
Author(s):
Hart, T.; Dijkers, M.; Whyte, J.; Broden, C.; Baden, C.; Trott, C.T.; Fraser, R.T.
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