Insight versus readiness: Factors affecting engagement in therapy from the perspectives of adults with TBI and their significant others

O'Callaghan, Anna, McAllister, Lindy and Wilson, Linda (2012) Insight versus readiness: Factors affecting engagement in therapy from the perspectives of adults with TBI and their significant others. Brain Injury, 26 13-14: 1599-1610.

Author O'Callaghan, Anna
McAllister, Lindy
Wilson, Linda
Title Insight versus readiness: Factors affecting engagement in therapy from the perspectives of adults with TBI and their significant others
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-9052
1362-301X
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 26
Issue 13-14
Start page 1599
End page 1610
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Adults sustain significant, often irreversible impairments following brain injury. The process they go through coming to terms with these impairments can seriously interfere with their readiness to engage in rehabilitation.

Aim: This study aimed to look beyond the development of self-awareness and insight in order to explore the concept of readiness as it relates to clients' experiences of engaging with therapy.

Method: Sixteen in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 adults with a moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and nine of their significant others. These participants were asked to speak about the continuum of care they experienced and the factors that effected their engagement with care.

Results: The results of this study indicated that participants believed their ability to engage in therapy was related to the degree to which they were aware of and accepted their impairments and motivated to engage in rehabilitation. Participants reported that the rate and degree to which they developed awareness varied according to the type of impairments they experienced (i.e. physical vs cognitive). Participants also stated that one way to augment their awareness was to compare their new vs old selves and to compare their recovery to those of others with a similar impairment. Finally, participants reported that it was important to be able to access services when they had accepted their impairment and were ready to engage in therapy.

Conclusion: The clinical implications for considering the degree of awareness of impairments and readiness for engagement in care of an adult with a moderate-severe TBI are discussed in relation to future services planning
Keyword Acceptance of impairments
Engagement with therapy
Readiness for therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
 
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