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Brain Inj. 1999 Jan;13(1):53-7.

Biofeedback-assisted relaxation training with brain injured patients in acute stages of recovery.

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Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205-1999, USA. dholland@jhsph.edu

Abstract

There are few published accounts or empirical studies of biofeedback-assisted relaxation training with brain injured patients still in acute stages of recovery. Given the efficacy of biofeedback-assisted relaxation training with other medical populations, brain injured patients in acute stages of recovery with anxiety-based symptoms may also stand to gain some benefits from this form of treatment. It has yet to be determined, however, if severe cognitive impairment or disorientation contraindicate biofeedback treatment. The cases profiled here tentatively suggest that consideration of biofeedback-assisted relaxation training, even for severely cognitively impaired brain injured patients in acute stages of recovery, may be appropriate. Empirical investigations will be needed to determine selection criteria and contraindications for biofeedback treatment in the acute brain injury population.

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9972443
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