Reflections on life: Experiences of individuals with brain injury during the transition from hospital to home

Nalder, Emily, Fleming, Jennifer, Cornwell, Petrea, Shields, Cassandra and Foster, Michele (2013) Reflections on life: Experiences of individuals with brain injury during the transition from hospital to home. Brain Injury, 27 11: 1294-1303. doi:10.3109/02699052.2013.823560


Author Nalder, Emily
Fleming, Jennifer
Cornwell, Petrea
Shields, Cassandra
Foster, Michele
Title Reflections on life: Experiences of individuals with brain injury during the transition from hospital to home
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9052
1362-301X
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/02699052.2013.823560
Volume 27
Issue 11
Start page 1294
End page 1303
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The transition from hospital to home has been described as a distinct rehabilitation phase for individuals with brain injury. As most research to date has quantitatively measured outcomes or used a sample with mixed brain injury diagnoses, less is known about the experience of transition following traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Aims: This study aimed to examine the lived experiences of individuals with TBI during the first 6 months following discharge from hospital.

Design:
A qualitative investigation was conducted with 16 individuals with TBI using semi-structured interviews.

Data analysis
: Data were analysed thematically using a Framework approach.

Results: Transition experiences were characterized by a desire to return to normality and a changed perspective on life, by accepting change or altering priorities. The process of transition was dynamic as individuals experienced the dominant themes in cyclical patterns.

Conclusions: Research has highlighted the significant adjustment for individuals with TBI, particularly in relation to identity change, appraisal and coping. The themes of wanting normality and changing life perspective which were dominant in the current study highlight the significance of the transition phase in the process of adjustment and that transition is characterized by adapting to a new normality.






Keyword Community integration
Life course
Lived experiences
Posttraumatic Growth
Rehabilitation
Adjustment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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