|Saturday, March 24, 2012,
Tinto Room, Level 0
Traumatic brain injury often has a wide variety of long-term consequences. Researchers have examined a variety of outcomes including functional status, neurocognitive functioning, emotional well-being, neurobehavioral functioning, and quality of life. For many people with traumatic brain injury, return to work is perhaps the most meaningful measure of recovery. For several decades, researchers have expressed concern about dismal return to work rates, especially for persons with moderate and severe injury. Studies have suggested that most patients do not return to work successfully. Many who return to work are unable to return full-time and ultimately resign or are terminated. This presentation will detail return to work research examining employment rates, work stability, pre- vs. postinjury shifts in occupational categories, and substance abuse. The role of neuropsychological and psychological assessment will be discussed. A series of recent studies comparing vocational outcomes and job stability between minority and non-minority groups up to ten years postinjury will be presented. Finally, intervention strategies and their efficacy will be discussed with an emphasis on supported employment. The presentation will also provide information on prognostic factors, describing environmental and personal factors that relate to vocational success and failure.
Jeffrey Kreutzer (USA)
Chair: Jennie Ponsford (Australia)