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The Dynamics of Change in Outcomes over the First Five Years Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Objective: To examine the nature of rehabilitation outcomes one to five years post-injury.

Design: Cross-sequential.

Subjects: Persons with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.

Primary Measures: Community Integration Questionnaire, Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique, Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Health Survey Short Form, Satisfaction With Life Scale, Life Satisfaction Questionnaire.

Results: Factor analysis of the data with persons with TBI suggested a latent structure comprised of three factors: Activities, Participation and Subjective Well-Being. Low to moderate correlations were found between factors. Results with persons with spinal cord injury were inconclusive due to a small sample size.

Conclusions: Subjective well-being appears to be distinct from Activities and Participation; measures of life satisfaction should be used to supplement traditional measures of rehabilitation outcome. A publication summarizing the results is currently in press.

Registry Project Number: 406
Lead Investigator: Corrigan, J
Lead Center for Project: Ohio State University
Collaborating Investigators: Bogner, J
Date of Completion: 09/30/2002
Type: Local
Status of Project: Latest Information Shown

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