Rehab

Telephone intervention improves treatment outcome

Rehab Regs, August 11, 2005

Physical therapists at the University of Washington have found that scheduled telephone counseling and education resulted in improved overall outcomes for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, according to Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week. Improvement was particularly high in the areas of functional status and quality of well-being, when compared with usual outpatient care, and shows promise as a low-cost, widely available rehabilitation intervention for TBI. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive telephone calls at two and four weeks, and two, three, five, seven, and nine weeks after discharge. The calls consisted of brief motivational interviewing, counseling, and education, plus facilitating usual care or usual care alone through follow-up appointments and therapy prescriptions, according to Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week.

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