Quality of life of individuals with acquired brain injuries

Wai Kwong Man, Paul F W Yip, Tess H L Ko, Janet K L Kwok, M. Y. Tsang

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Abstract

This study investigated the quality of life of individuals with acquired brain injuries (ABI) across a one- to fifteen-year post-injury time span. This allows us to identify the health and service needs of individuals with ABI and provide direction for further improvement. Twenty-nine individuals were invited from the local Self-Help Group for the Brain-Damaged to participate in this study. Four instruments were used to help in the investigation of the subjective components of the quality of life, including the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI) and Positive and Negative Affect Scales (PANAS). The instruments used were the Modified Barthel Index (MBI) and Lawton Instrumental Activity of Daily Living (IADL) Scale. After analysis of the results and their interpretation, there was no significant difference between the post-injury groups in their scores of negative affect. It is suggested that there should be services, such as psychotherapy, to help reduce the existence of negative moods. Improvement in the IADL aspect should be more focused in future rehabilitation services to allow people to enjoy a fuller life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010

Keywords

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Long-term
  • Needs
  • Quality of life
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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