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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review


Evidence for the Effectiveness of Multi-Disciplinary Rehabilitation Following Acquired Brain Injury: A Synthesis of Two Systematic Approaches

Turner-Stokes, L. (2008).
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 40(9), 691-701.

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 No
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a comparison of findings from two systematic reviews which investigated the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation following acquired brain injury.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Adults of working age

Intervention/Assessment: Varied

Number of Studies Included: 46

Years Included: Not stated

Findings:

Conclusions:

"...[T]he strongest recommendations...would be for early intensive rehabilitation; specialist programs for those with complex needs; and specialist vocational programs for those with potential to return to work. Although there is encouraging data...to support the benefits of behavioral management programs, community rehabilitation and longer-term interventions, this evidence is not yet sufficient to support strong recommendations for management, and more work is required in particular with respect to demonstrating cost-effectiveness, and to identifying those patients most likely to benefit." (p. 698)

Keywords: Brain Injury, Stroke, Cognitive Rehabilitation

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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