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A Structured Approach to Family Intervention After Brain Injury

Kreutzer, Jeffrey S. PhD, ABPP; Kolakowsky-Hayner, Stephanie A. MA; Demm, Sarah R. PsyD; Meade, Michelle A. PhD

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: August 2002 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 349–367
Selected Reviews in Psychopharmacology
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Objective: Given the limitations of the literature, a structured approach to helping families after brain injury is clearly needed.

Main Outcome Measures: On the basis of considerable clinical experience and research review, this article describes the Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI), developed to address common issues, concerns, and challenges. The foundation of the BIFI is a curriculum that includes 16 intervention topics, self-evaluation tools, and treatment strategies.

Conclusions: Despite individual differences, families often encounter similar problems in their attempts to resume normal lives. A structured approach to family intervention can help mitigate commonly encountered problems.

Professor and Director Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virginia Commonwealth University (Kreutzer)

Assistant Professor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virginia Commonwealth University (Kolakowsky-Hayner)

Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virginia Commonwealth University (Demm)

Assistant Professor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Campus Richmond, Virginia (Meade)

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, 1200 East Broad Street, Room 3–102, Box 980542, Richmond VA 23298–0542. Telephone (804) 828-9055; Fax (804) 828-2378. E-mail: jskreutz@hsc.vcu.edu.

This investigation was supported in part by (#H133P2006) from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. We would like to thank Jennifer Marwitz, Debbie West, and the many families and persons with brain injury for their invaluable contributions to the development of the BIFI.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.