Acute interdisciplinary rehabilitation has been instrumental in facilitating auspicious outcomes for individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injuries. While evidence-based guidelines and practice recommendations inform clinical treatment approaches during brain injury (BI) rehabilitation, systematic programs incorporating these guidelines are sparse in the literature. The Brain Restoration: Advanced Interventions for Neurorehabilitation Program (BRAIN Program) was developed as a comprehensive-holistic neuropsychological rehabilitation program in the inpatient acute rehabilitation setting. This pilot study evaluated the BRAIN Program for BI patients with cognitive, neurobehavioral, and physical deficits. Data pertaining to the functional outcomes, rehabilitation therapy engagement, and behavioral dysregulation of rehabilitation participants were evaluated during their enrollment in the BRAIN Program and overall acute rehabilitation admission. Data analysis for comparison groups in this pilot program is in progress. Advantages and limitations of the BRAIN Program will be discussed in the context of programmatic implementation in the acute rehabilitation setting.
Review of empirically-based outcomes for interdisciplinary treatment programs for brain injury patients
Introduce a novel brain injury rehabilitation program: BRAIN Program
Be able to describe the relationship between BRAIN Program involvement and therapeutic outcomes (i.e., key process and outcome metrics)
Identify strengths and weaknesses to a structured, targeted transdisciplinary acute rehabilitation brain injury program.