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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 2015, Article ID 274326, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/274326
Review Article

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Hong Kong: A Review of Practice and Research

1Laboratory of Neuropsychology, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
2Institute of Clinical Neuropsychology, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
3The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Received 26 May 2015; Revised 21 August 2015; Accepted 3 September 2015

Academic Editor: Solrun Sigurdardottir

Copyright © 2015 Junhong Yu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The rising public health concern regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) implies a growing need for rehabilitation services for patients surviving TBI. Methods. To this end, this paper reviews the practices and research on TBI rehabilitation in Hong Kong so as to inform future developments in this area. This paper begins by introducing the general situation of TBI patients in Hong Kong and the need for rehabilitation. Next, the trauma system in Hong Kong is introduced. Following that is a detailed description of the rehabilitation services for TBI patients in Hong Kong, as exemplified by a rehabilitation hospital in Hong Kong. This paper will also review intervention studies on rehabilitating brain-injured populations in Hong Kong with respect to various rehabilitation goals. Lastly, the implications of culture-related issues will be discussed in relation to TBI. Results/Conclusions. The intervention studies conducted in Hong Kong are generally successful in achieving various rehabilitative outcomes. Additionally, certain cultural-related issues, such as the stigma associated with TBI, may impede the rehabilitative process and lead to various psychosocial problems.