Family Support Research

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Division of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology

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A structured approach to family intervention after brain injury


Kreutzer, J., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S., Demm, S., & Meade, M. (2002). A structured approach to family intervention after brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 17 (4), 349 – 367.

Objective: Given the limitations of the literature, a structured approach to helping families after brain injury is clearly needed.

Main Outcome Measures: On the basis of considerable clinical experience and research review, this article describes the Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI), developed to address common issues, concerns, and challenges. The foundation of the BIFI is a curriculum that includes 16 intervention topics, self-evaluation tools, and treatment strategies.

Conclusions: Despite individual differences, families often encounter similar problems in their attempts to resume normal lives. A structured approach to family intervention can help mitigate commonly encountered problems.

Key words: family intervention, support systems, therapy.

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