Study: Assessing Cognitive-Communication Skills in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Return to Work Population

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You are invited to take part in a study that aims to understand how to assess cognitive-communication skills in the return to work (RTW) population after Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Change in the ability to communicate is a common consequence of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). These changes can have an impact on a person’s employability. A body of evidence points to assessment and treatment processes that may better support people with cognitive-communication disability RTW. Despite this, there has been limited translation of this evidence into clinical practice. While assessing cognitive-communication earlier and developing a personalised goal driven approach is considered best practice in ABI rehabilitation, therapists do not have specific clinical tools to do this for vocational rehabilitation clients. 


This project aims to systematically understand the current knowledge base around changes in cognitive communication following ABI and the impact on vocational outcomes.  It aims to develop a clinically driven assessment resource and / or a client and employer self-assessment resource for gathering information about workplace communication needs. Once developed future areas of enquiry will look at validation and clinical use.


The research is being conducted as part of the requirements of a Clinical Fellowship, which is funded by The Hopkins Centre.  

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