For the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), research is an important part of seeking new and imaginative solutions to meet the needs of our service users and mainly focuses on the following areas:

  • Clinical outcomes and cost benefits of brain injury rehabilitation
  • Technology to support cognition and independent living after acquired brain injury (ABI)
  • Cognitive, emotional and functional impact of acquired brain injury

Find out more about these publications.

Rehabilitation is effective and saves care services money in the long-term: Estimates suggest that approximately 760,000 people in the UK are living with the long-term effects of a head injury.

Automated voice prompts improve learning: Assistive technology for cognition (ATC) is the term used to describe technology that extends or augments mental functions. Guide is an automated prompting technology that supports users during their daily routines

Behaviour in social situations may change after brain injury: This may be caused by problems in reading emotions on oneself and others, communication difficulties, disinhibition and impulsivity, which often result in responding in a manner that is not considered socially appropriate.

Making houses that help with rehabilitation and support: The transitional living smart house has been developed by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) with the aim of seeing service users crossing its doorway and moving on into their own homes with personalised recommendations for technology.