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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
A Systematic Review of Treatments for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

Comper, P., Bisschop, S. M., et al. (2005).
Brain Injury, 19(11), 863-880.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of studies investigating the effectiveness of interventions for adults with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Four intervention types included pharmacotherapy, patient education, cognitive rehabilitation and other treatment.

Question(s) Addressed:

What is the effectiveness of interventions for mild traumatic brain injury in adults?

Population: Individuals of working age (16-65) with TBI

Intervention/Assessment: Any treatment for TBI administered within five years post-injury

Number of Studies Included: 20

Years Included: 1980 - 2003

Findings:

Conclusions:

  • Treatment
    • Cognition
      • General Findings - While three studies reported positive effects of cognitive rehabilitation, the authors conclude that “there is very little evidence to suggest cognitive rehabilitation therapy is effective in treating persons with MTBI” (p. 877). 

Keywords: Brain Injury, Cognitive Rehabilitation

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Added to Compendium: November 2011

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