"In a rapidly changing world, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust delivers innovative treatment solutions"
Sue Copstick, Director of Clinical Services
At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we are particularly interested in the cognitive, emotional and functional consequences of brain injury and how these might affect outcomes. Social situations can become difficult to deal with after brain injury and this can result in the individual responding in a manner that is not considered socially appropriate; which makes social cognition a key target area in rehabilitation.
We recently developed the BIRT Social Cognition Questionnaire (BSCQ), a tool designed to assess and monitor behaviour in social situations. In another study, the impact of environmental context was explored. This revealed that patients with brain injury were more likely to be influenced by environmental cues when completing memory recall tasks. Such findings suggest that by using techniques like prompting (e. g. prompting technologies), it may be possible to improve patients’ memory difficulties. We aim to continue developing studies that help us gain a better understanding of the long-term consequences of brain injury.
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Development of new tests and instruments
BIRT develops tests and measures to assess the cognitive and non-cognitive effects of brain injury.
- The BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB) is a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of memory and speed of processing tests that is now widely used in the UK and abroad. A study is currently underway to develop a new and improved version.
- The Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI) is a free tool which was developed for use during an adult social care assessment to find out how well someone has recovered from their brain injury and to determine their level of risk. Professionals working with people who sustained a brain injury may find that the information gathered with the tool helpful for matching a person’s needs to the different levels of service available, thus supporting the referral process.
- The BIRT Regulation of Emotion Questionnaire (BREQ) and the BIRT Motivation Questionnaire (BMQ) have been purposely developed to assess non-cognitive effects of brain injury. Work is currently in progress to develop short-forms of the original scales that may easily be used in day-to-day clinical practice.
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