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Efficacy of Family Intervention in Acquired Head-Injury Cases in India

Authors:

N. Krishna Reddy ,

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Dr M V Govindaswamy Centre, NIMHANS, Bangalore 560029, IN
About N. Krishna

Dr. Reddy has been working in NIMHANS for the last 25 years. His main research areas are psycho-social intervention with traumatic head injury patients and their families, disability assessment, and rehabilitation. He has guided many doctoral, pre-doctoral research studies; apart from publishing in peer-reviewed journals and books on head injury related psycho-social issues, disability and rehabilitation.

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Mysore Narasimha Vranda

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, IN
About Mysore Narasimha

Dr. Vranda has 10 years of experience in clinical mental health.  Her key areas of research are adolescent school mental health, life skills for adolescents to prevent high risk behaviours, women and family violence, qualitative research and standardization of scales.  She has published several research articles in national and international journals, books and manuals. She has also received several national and international awards for her presentation of research work in conferences.

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Abstract

Purpose: In India, there are few studies on interventions for families of persons with acquired or traumatic brain injuries. This study aimed to test the efficacy of the Family Intervention Package (FIP) with caregivers of persons with head injuries.

Method: The study was carried out at the Neuro-Surgery Department of the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. Ninety persons with severe head injuries and their caregivers were included in the study using the socio-demographic schedule and family interaction pattern scale.

Results: The findings revealed that the Family Intervention Package (FIP) was effective in bringing about changes in the functioning of persons with head injuries, and interactions among their families in the experimental group, as compared to the control group.

Conclusion: The multi-disciplinary team dealing with persons with head injury need to recognise the importance of multi-component FIP for this group and their families. The current FIP should be made a part of treatment in clinical settings.

How to Cite: Reddy, N.K. and Vranda, M.N., 2012. Efficacy of Family Intervention in Acquired Head-Injury Cases in India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(3), pp.137–149. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v23i3.120
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Published on 05 Dec 2012.
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