Neuropsychological intervention in the acute phase: a pilot study of emotional wellbeing of relatives of patients with severe brain

Anne Norup, Lars Siert, Erik Lykke Mortensen

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    Objective: This pilot study investigated the effects of acute neuropsychological
    intervention for relatives of patients with
    severe brain injury.
    Methods: Participants were enrolled in an intervention group
    comprising 39 relatives, and a control group comprising
    47 relatives. The intervention consisted of supportive and
    psycho-educational sessions with a neuropsychologist in the
    acute care setting. The intervention group completed selfreport
    scales in the acute setting and after the intervention
    at admission to sub-acute rehabilitation. The control group
    completed the self-report scales only at admission to subacute
    rehabilitation. Outcome measures included selected
    scales from the Symptom Checklist Revised 90 (SCL-90-R),
    the Short Form 36 (SF-36), and a visual analogue quality of
    life scale.
    Results: The intervention group showed a significant decrease
    in anxiety scores from the acute to the sub-acute setting
    (t = 2.70, p = 0.010, d = 0.30), but also significantly lower Role
    Emotional scores (t = 2.12, p = 0.043, d = 0.40). In the subacute
    setting, an analysis of covariance model showed a borderline
    significant difference between the intervention and
    the control group on the anxiety scale (p = 0.066, d = 0.59).
    Conclusion: Any effects of the acute neuropsychological
    intervention were limited. Further research is needed to
    explore the effects of different interventions in more homogenous
    and larger groups of relatives.
    TidsskriftJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
    Udgave nummer8
    Sider (fra-til)827–834
    Antal sider8
    StatusUdgivet - 2013