CE Article: Addressing Work Performance After Mild Brain Injury
Kristina Martinez, MSOT, OTR/L, CBIS, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Contractor for General Dynamics Information Technology and Jennifer Small, OTR/L, WellSpan Rehabilitation
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2013). Approximately 75% of all TBIs are diagnosed as mild. The majority of those with mild brain injury (including mild TBI, concussion, and mild stroke) fully recover; however, some individuals present with lingering physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional deficits. Impairments in executive function can inhibit successful reintegration into the community, as well as resumption of roles and responsibilities. Occupational therapists use a comprehensive and holistic approach to collect information on current functional status, previous occupational roles, and specific job requirements. Successful engagement in vocational activities has been found to have a direct correlation with improved quality of life. The difference between adequate and inadequate identification and treatment can determine a client’s ability to perform vocational activities and contribute as a productive member of society.
- Identify the unique characteristics of mild brain injury and how these impact work and community reintegration.
- Select assessment tools that are sensitive enough to identify executive dysfunction in clients with mild brain injury.
- Identify effective interventions that specifically address vocational skills.
- Recognize methods to document high-level deficits and set functional goals for clients with mild brain injury.
: IntermediateTarget Audience
: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistantsContent Focus
: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention.Reference Information:
Martinez, K., Small, J., (2014). Addressing Work Performance After Mild Brain Injury. OT Practice, 19(5). CE-1–CE-8