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Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS)
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Detroit, MI
Telephone: 313-745-9763
Website: http://www.semtbis.org
Project Director: Robin Hanks, Ph.D.
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Abstract:
In the current grant cycle, the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS) addresses the research area "Full Access to Community Life". These projects also touch upon other priorities such as employment of persons with disabilities and use of technology. Three studies address enhancement of quality of life and community integration of TBI survivors and their family members. These projects propose to: 1) evaluate the efficacy of a peer-mentoring intervention, 2) investigate the dynamic system of survivor and significant other subjective well- being, and 3) examine the barriers to resumption of driving, fitness to drive, and community integration. The first study is a randomized controlled trial of a peer-mentoring program for both survivors and their caregivers. The second project involves 250 adults with TBI and their caregivers/significant others, exploring the relationship of survivor-caregiver situations with survivor distress and family dysfunction. Whether or not social support acts as a moderating influence upon the well-being of persons with TBI will also be examined. The third study examines correlates of driving after TBI: barriers, fitness to drive, and community integration. In addition to these studies, the SEMTBIS also continues to participate in clinical and systems analysis studies of the TBIMS by collecting and contributing data for submission to the TBIMS national data base. Participatory action is a central component of project implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. Dissemination activities continue to be a high priority for the SEMTBIS. These efforts include consumer newsletters, websites, publications, and presentations to students, consumers, and professionals.

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