Multi-Family Group Intervention for OEF/OIF Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and their Families
Annual rept. 15 Sep 2010-14 Sep 2011
BRONX VETERANS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC (VETERANS AFFAIRS) NEW YORK
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The overall aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of an intervention that adapts Dycks civilian multi-family group treatment model MFGT-TBI for veterans with TBI and their families. The adapted treatment model is intended to improve the health, mental health, and quality of life of veterans and their families. A total of four MFGs will be established across three sites. Each MFG will include approximately 6-8 veterans and their caregivers. Participating veterans will be assessed at four points during the course of the study at baseline and at 3-month intervals during the 9-month treatment period. Expected outcomes for veterans include reductions in psychiatric symptoms and problem behaviors, and increases in community reintegration and quality of life. For caregivers, expected outcomes include reduction of distress, isolation, and burden. To date, Durham, North Carolinas first and second cohorts have concluded the study and all followup assessments have been conducted. In total, 20 participants were enrolled at this site 10 veterans and 10 family members. Of these participants, 2 veterans and 4 family members have dropped out. In the Bronx, New York City, the second cohort has concluded its multi-family group meetings. This cohort included 8 participants, 4 veterans and 4 caregivers, of which one 1 veteran and 1 caregiver dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
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