Objective: Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive stimulation program to be used by family members.
Design: Longitudinal study of people with TBI as controls or receiving the treatment.
Setting: Home environment.
Participants: 23 people with TBI receiving the treatment program in their homes, 28 people receiving standard of care without the treatment program.
Intervention: A program to promote cognitive stimulation using materials available in the home.
Outcome Measures: Mini Mental State Examination, Community Integration Questionnaire, Satisfaction with Life measured at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months. Referral to vocational rehabilitation was also monitored.
Results: Based on repeated measures ANOVA there was no difference in outcome for the control and treatment groups.
Conclusions: The intervention has not been proven to increase the pace of recovery within 6 months of injury.