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[WEB SITE] Research Reports – A qualitative study of the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell others about their traumatic brain injury – CNS

OBJECTIVE: To investigate what goals influence the decisions of people with atraumatic brain injury to disclose (or not to disclose) information about their brain injury.

METHOD: Ten people with a traumatic brain injury were interviewed about disclosing information about their injury to others. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data.

RESULTS: The report focuses on disclosure to people other than immediate family and close friends. Reasons for not disclosing included concern about negativereactions from others, feelings of shame about the injury, wanting to avoidgetting distressed, wanting to fit in, lack of interest from others and theperception that the stress associated with the act of disclosing outweighed thebenefits. Reasons for disclosing included obtaining emotional and practicalsupport from others, the emotional release obtained from disclosure, the need toexplain their behaviour to others and giving others the benefit of theirexperience. Experience of negative and stigmatizing reactions from others wascommon. Participants varied in their willingness to disclose.

CONCLUSION: Disclosure can have important advantages and disadvantages. Somepeople with a TBI may need support in making optimal decisions about disclosure.

Source: Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Guide – Research Reports – A qualitative study of the reasons why people choose to tell or not tell others about their traumatic brain injury

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[WEB SITE] What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that plays a key role in the rehabilitation process of many conditions, injuries or illnesses. Occupational therapists possess knowledge about how individuals, the environment and human occupation (activity) stimulate health and well-being.

The Occupational Therapists professional philosophy is to maximise occupational (often referred to as functional) independence.  They use activities that are meaningful to the client to develop treatment plans, taking an holistic and client centred approach.

For occupational therapists, occupation refers to the activities of everyday living that people need to, want to and are expected to do. Therefore an occupational therapist can help a person regain and/or maintain personal purpose and independence in everyday living.

Consider the activities you participate in every day. Getting washed and dressed, cooking, making a drink, getting to work and socialising; or the roles you have, father/mother, son/daughter, colleague, friend and carer.  How would you complete these tasks or perform the expected roles if you were affected by trauma, chronically deteriorating health or relapse of some kind?

The Occupational Therapist provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them, covering all developmental & life stages.

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