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Intervention with families following brain injury: Evidence-based practice

There are frequent exhortations in the brain injury rehabilitation literature to include family members in the rehabilitation process and not to neglect their needs. There is a general acceptance that not only is the family a vital ingredient in the rehabilitation process but also that family members are themselves caught up in a particularly traumatic process (Brooks, 1991; Florian, Katz, & Lahav, 1989; Knight, Devereux, & Godfrey, 1998). Despite this recognition there are remarkably few studies evaluating the effectiveness of different types of family intervention. This review will attempt to describe the current evidence base for family intervention following brain injury. Family intervention will be broadly defined as any interaction between family members and rehabilitation professionals.