Honors College Thesis


Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated Psychological Consequences and Effectiveness of Therapies Public Deposited

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  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. However, along with the increase in the occurrence of TBI, there has been a drastic decrease in the acute and long-term care provided for the TBI patient. This study provides information on the short- and long-term effects of TBI, current therapeutic methods used to treat TBI, and an analysis of the efficacy of those methods based on primary patient accounts of their experiences in therapy. Specific questions were asked of patient respondents about their injury, opinions of the rehabilitation received, and current quality of life using a qualitative online questionnaire compiled by this author and advisor. Results describe that current therapy regimens are too brief, brain injury is frequently misunderstood by healthcare providers, and brain injury should not be managed as an acute event but rather an extensive and most often lifelong process. A synopsis of the effects of brain injury and current healing modalities using established clinical research and survey results is offered. Suggestions are made about the future direction of treating and rehabilitating patients with TBI based upon those findings, this author’s personal experience with TBI, and patient pathographies.
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