PMID: 7082138Apr 1, 1982Paper

Functional abilities and distress levels in brain injured patients at long-term follow-up

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
H M JellinekR F Harvey


An investigative long-term follow-up study of brain injured individuals who had been inpatients in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program was conducted by means of a mailed questionnaire. Level of distress, gauged by the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), was compared to the level of functional abilities as determined by a shortened self-report version of the Patient Evaluation Conference System (PECS). Functional skills compared included self-care, mobility, living arrangements, communication, recreation/leisure, and education/employment. Significant negative relationships of distress levels to independence in self-care, mobility, living arrangements, and communication were found.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Vocational Rehabilitation
Mental Suffering

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