Seeing the trees and the forest: The value of outcomes repositories

18 January 2022

Recording clinical data on a general database is not always the top priority in a busy practitioner’s long to-do list, with many unsurprisingly citing practical reasons as barriers to recording outcomes in this way [1]. The other side of the coin, though, is that much can be learned by analysing pooled outcome data.

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Looking back and looking forward: our research year in review

21 December 2021

Lockdowns don’t make research easier, and 2021 welcomed us with one. We used the opportunity to reflect and review our priorities and processes, with the aim of increasing focus and engagement in research and improving how we share our learnings more broadly. In early 2021 we implemented our renewed Research Framework, and we’ve been busy with this ever since.

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What are the survivor and family experiences after a brain injury?

16 November 2021

After a brain injury, a person is likely to experience a variety of changes in many different areas of their life. These changes may not just affect the person with brain injury, but also the people closest to them.

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Is our ability to recognise emotions related to intelligence? Investigating emotion recognition abilities after brain injury

19 October 2021

Human beings are social creatures. For our ancestors, social interaction could have been a matter of life or death: the difference between the safety afforded from being part of a group and certain death for being alone in the wilderness. Whilst no longer such a grave affair today, social interaction is still important. We seek to connect with others and do this by navigating social groups with various social interaction “toolkits”.

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Exploring the use of virtual learning environments in brain injury rehabilitation

07 September 2021

At The Disabilities Trust, we are always on the lookout for innovations that we can use in our work. Sometimes this involves stepping out of the ‘clinic and into the lab to work with researchers and develop these innovations.

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A good night's sleep is not just about beauty: Sleep, the brain and brain injury

06 July 2021

Having a nap on a hot summer day can feel quite refreshing and is likely to be good for our health. As we go into “official” summertime, we look at what research has found about sleep after brain injury.

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Delving into positive growth after brain injury

10 June 2021

In the quest to understand and treat acquired brain injury (ABI), research has often focused on impairments, deficits and loss. However, a number of studies have found positive psychological outcomes following brain injury.

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The Cognitive-Communication Support Needs of Family Members of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Survivors

29 April 2021

Cognitive–communication difficulties (CCD) can arise as a result of TBI. These include difficulties with information processing for example, understanding implied or abstract content; problems with quantity, quality, relevance and cohesion of conversation; and problems with social communication such as difficulty recognising verbal or non-verbal cues.

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What is self-awareness, and what does it have to do with care needs?

09 March 2021

In a study recently published in the British Journal of Social work, a team from The Disabilities Trust explored the relationship between one’s awareness of into their own difficulties, functional outcome following brain injury, risk and need for support.

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Assessing Memory and Attention in Clinical Neuropsychology with the BMIPB-II

27 October 2020

Free webinar Wednesday 18th November 10.00 – 11.30am We are pleased to announce our webinar “Assessing memory and attention in clinical neuropsychology with the BMIPB-II”. The BIRT Memory and Information Processing Battery (BMIPB) is a collection of tests used by Clinical Psychologists and Neuropsychologists to measure the effects of damage to the brain on memory and other cognitive abilities.

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