Family members’ experiences of driving disruption after acquired brain injury

Liang, Phyllis, Fleming, Jennifer, Gustafsson, Louise, Griffin, Janelle and Liddle, Jacki (2017) Family members’ experiences of driving disruption after acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 31 4: 517-525. doi:10.1080/02699052.2017.1283058

Author Liang, Phyllis
Fleming, Jennifer
Gustafsson, Louise
Griffin, Janelle
Liddle, Jacki
Title Family members’ experiences of driving disruption after acquired brain injury
Journal name Brain Injury   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1362-301X
Publication date 2017-05-24
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02699052.2017.1283058
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 517
End page 525
Total pages 9
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
2728 Clinical Neurology
Abstract Primary objective: 1) To explore family members’ lived experiences of driving disruption at early and later stages of the recovery continuum following acquired brain injury (ABI). 2) To describe health-related quality of life of family members of individuals with ABI who are experiencing driving disruption. Research design: Mixed methods phenomenological research approach. Methods and procedures: Semi-structured interviews and health-related quality of life questionnaires were conducted with 15 family members of individuals with ABI (early group: 1–12 months post-injury, n = 6; later group: >1 year post-injury, n = 9). Results: Two main themes were identified: Different for everyone: how driving disruption affects families, and Making it harder: context of driving disruption. The challenges of driving disruption were reported more frequently and with a more intense focus by family members who were caring for their relative for more than 1 year post-injury. This group also reported higher caregiver strain and poorer health-related quality of life. Reduced satisfaction with life, poor mental health and affected family functioning were reported by both groups. Conclusions: Driving disruption impacts on family members and has long-lasting consequences. It is important for clinicians to work with family members to manage these challenges even years after ABI and consider individual contextual factors.
Keyword Automobile driving
Brain injury
Lived experiences
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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