Evidence of case management effect on traumatic-brain-injured adults in rehabilitation

Patricia K. Patterson, Hugo Maynard, Randall M. Chesnut, Nancy Carney, N. Clay Mann, Mark Helfand

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the evidence for effectiveness of case management during recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adults. After an overview of TBI incidence, prevalence, and problems, and a brief explanation of case management, the study methods are described, the findings are discussed and recommendations are made for future research. Medline, HealthSTAR, CINAHL, PsychINFO, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched and 83 articles met the criteria for review. The strongest studies (n = 3) were critically appraised and their design features and data were placed in two evidence tables. Due to methodological limitations, there was neither clear evidence of effectiveness nor of ineffectiveness. For future research, we recommend controlled research designs, standardization of measures, adequate statistical analysis and specification of health outcomes of importance to persons with TBI and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages11
JournalCare Management Journals
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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