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Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 625621, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/625621
Research Article

Working with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Voices from the Field

1Graduate Social Work Department, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, USA
2Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, USA
3Direct Clinical Services, Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, Inc., Wilmington, DE 19803, USA
4Specialized Health Services, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

Received 4 November 2011; Accepted 16 January 2012

Academic Editor: Gina P. Armstrong

Copyright © 2012 Page Walker Buck 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

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, is an emerging public health issue in the United States. The estimated annual 1.2 million individuals who sustain this injury face a range of cognitive, psychological, and physical consequences for which rehabilitation protocols are being developed and implemented. On the frontlines of this developing area of rehabilitation work are professionals in a range of therapeutic settings whose practice wisdom has yet to be shared in the professional literature. This qualitative study aimed to fill this gap by exploring the experiences and insights of rehabilitation professionals serving mTBI patients in outpatient, civilian settings. An analysis of the qualitative data revealed five themes common in mTBI work, providing an in-depth look at this often challenging field of rehabilitation.