Reducing the Challenges That Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Experience During the Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery Process
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The number of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) has steadily increased over the years. This is concerning given their impact on individuals who are recovering from them. These TBI survivors face challenges and hurdles throughout the assessment, treatment, and recovery process that impact their mental health and quality of life. A thorough review of past and current literature helped to highlight some of the potential challenges that TBI survivors may face, with the focus on what could be done to reduce them. Specific interventions of focus within this paper are the Standardized Assessment of Concussions, neurofeedback, rest, cognitive behavioral therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation. An analysis of 11 peer reviewed studied was completed to generate themes relating to the topic of focus. These themes consisted of (a) the benefits of an individualized treatment plans (b) the use of a multidisciplinary team, and (c) the need for support and connection through the recovery process. These findings will benefit TBI survivors by providing insights towards reducing challenges they face. Society, and healthcare providers will also gain benefits from this paper and may lead to the implementation of new interventions and protocols. The findings will also help healthcare providers to gain consistent and appropriate healthcare guidelines to assess, treat, and help TBI survivors recover. This study also helped to generate recommendations moving forward; focus on qualitative studies to gain a better understanding of TBI survivors experiences, utilize larger sample sizes in quantitative research to allow for more generalisability, and developing support groups for TBI survivors within the community.