We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK


97% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > The impact of community rehabilitation for acqu...
View graph of relations

« Back

The impact of community rehabilitation for acquired brain injury on carer burden : an exploratory study.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


  • Michael J. Smith
  • Frances L. Vaughan
  • Linda J. Cox
  • Helen McConville
  • Mark Roberts
  • Sheila Stoddart
  • Adina Lew
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Number of pages6
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Objectives: This study evaluated the relative efficacy of a community rehabilitation service and a more traditional outpatient service for carers of people with an acquired brain injury. Methods: Seventeen carers who had received a community intervention were retrospectively compared with 24 carers who had received an outpatient service. Dependent variables were level of met family need, a measure of family dysfunction, carer psychopathology, and carer emotional acceptance. Results: The community sample fared significantly better on all measures except carer psychopathology. Conclusions: These results suggest that community-based services have efficacy for the carer and family. There is a clear need for large clinical trials using standardized instruments to establish what models of service delivery benefit carers.