The Transition from Hospital to Home: Protocol for a Longitudinal Study of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Bohanna, India, Fitts, Michelle S., Bird, Katrina, Fleming, Jennifer, Gilroy, John, Esterman, Adrian, Maruff, Paul and Clough, Alan R. (2018) The Transition from Hospital to Home: Protocol for a Longitudinal Study of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Brain Impairment, . doi:10.1017/BrImp.2018.1


Author Bohanna, India
Fitts, Michelle S.
Bird, Katrina
Fleming, Jennifer
Gilroy, John
Esterman, Adrian
Maruff, Paul
Clough, Alan R.
Title The Transition from Hospital to Home: Protocol for a Longitudinal Study of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Journal name Brain Impairment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1839-5252
1443-9646
Publication date 2018-02-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/BrImp.2018.1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 3206 Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
2808 Neurology
2728 Clinical Neurology
2805 Cognitive Neuroscience
2802 Behavioral Neuroscience
3616 Speech and Hearing
Abstract Background: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability in Australia. Evidence shows that multidisciplinary rehabilitation and support in the six months following TBI is important for successful independent living and social re-integration. Despite this, access to services and supports during this period is often limited by environmental, socio-economic, geographic and cultural factors. Australian studies on outcomes after brain injury have reported primarily on non-Indigenous people. This study will investigate key sentinel events during the transition from hospital to home after a TBI in the first longitudinal study with Indigenous Australians. Method: Indigenous Australians admitted to one of three major trauma hospitals in northern Australia with a TBI, and their care givers, will be recruited. Clinical and brain injury risk factor information, along with measures of cognitive function, transition events, mental health and community re-integration will be collected at three time points prior to hospital discharge, and at three and six months post-discharge. Qualitative interviews will also be conducted. Data will be analysed using regression methods for the quantitative component, and situational analysis for the qualitative component. Annual rates of brain injury will be calculated for patients admitted to tertiary hospital facilities in the study region with a diagnosis of TBI. Discussion: Understanding the experience and events which shape the transition period is critical to determining the services and supports that may enhance transition outcomes, and ensure that such services are culturally appropriate and endorsed by Indigenous families and communities.
Keyword Aboriginal
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australia
Indigenous
rehabilitation
traumatic brain injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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