Improving participatory outcomes in TBI: a feasibility study
Assoc. Professor Paula Kersten, Professor Kath McPherson, Dr Nicola Kayes, Professor Richard Siegert, Dr Hinemoa Elder, Professor Mark Weatherall, Dr Richard Seemann, Dr Allison Foster
Funding: Health Research Council of New Zealand
Around 30,000 people have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in New Zealand. Enhancing their participation (involvement in life situations) has potentially greater impact on clients’ long-term wellbeing than the limited intensive rehabilitation offered shortly after injury. Providing social support by people who have successfully been through the same situation (peer mentoring) is one strategy that has been used to improve participation in some client groups. This study will explore the feasibility and appropriateness of a peer mentoring intervention in the New Zealand context and if successful this will lead to a further clinical trial. Ultimately, if this intervention is effective this could bring about significant health gains for the individual with TBI, impact positively upon their family/whānau and support innovation and improvement in health service delivery and planning.
Contact: Paula Kersten