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Brain Inj. 1992 May-Jun;6(3):233-43.

Acceptance of disability, work involvement and subjective rehabilitation status of traumatic brain-injured (TBI) patients.

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Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Institute, Loewenstein Hospital, Israel.


A follow-up of 78 TBI patients one to two years after discharge from rehabilitation hospital supported hypothesized correspondence between work involvement and subjective rehabilitation status (SRS). Subjective rehabilitation was defined as the gratification of basic needs: physical well-being, emotional security, and family, social, economic, and vocational needs. Highest SRS was found among patients employed in the open market. Lower SRS was found in patients employed under protected conditions who also reported their work to be much less congruent with their expectations. Unemployed patients living active lives reported higher SRS than unemployed patients living passive lives, but both showed lower SRS than employed patients. Both work involvement and SRS were found to be related to acceptance of disability (AD). However, longitudinal data are needed to ascertain whether AD precedes or follows the other two variables. Both possibilities may be correct.

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