What is community integration anyway? Defining meaning following traumatic brain injury

Short Title:
Model System:
TBI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J58392
Journal:
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2010, vol. 25, issue 2, pp 121-127
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Full community integration, or participation;jn society, is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation and of research conducted in the field of rehabilitation for persdns with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Community integration has been traditionally defined by 3 main areas: employment or other productive activity, independent living, and social activity. However, these have not always received equal weighting and attention in clinical or research efforts. Significant gaps remain in our understanding of factors that impact community integration and in our ability to intervene to improve participation for persons with TBI. This article describes 3 main challenges for researchers and rehabilitation professionals. First, a comprehensive meaning of community integration is needed, which includes the viewpoints and preferences of persons with TBI. Second, cultural competence in measurement and intervention is needed. Third, a thorough assessment of environmental factors impacting participation is needed and should be incorporated into research and treatment planning. Keywords: community integration, participation, traumatic brain injury
Author(s):
Sander A.M., Clark A.N., Pappadis M.R.
Author Address(es):
Participating Centers:

Some items may be available for document delivery from the National Rehabilitation Information Center. Make a note of the title and any accession number and contact NARIC at 800-346-2742 to request a copy. There is a charge for document delivery from the NARIC collection.