Background

This project will determine the needs of the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service (ABIOS), and current challenges in service delivery. In a pilot study, ABIOS staff will deliver services to people with acquired brain injury and their families via telerehabilitation to determine the effectiveness of the service, barriers and facilitators, and end user (client, family members and, service providers) perspectives of this mode of service delivery.

Aims

This project aims to explore the use of telerehabilitation to provide state-wide access to rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families and support systems. This study will:

  1. Explore the perspectives of end users (i.e. people with ABI and family members/significant others and clinicians) to determine their needs, preferences, and perceptions of remote service delivery; and,
  2. Trial the implementation of a web-based video-conferencing platform in service delivery, and evaluate the feasibility, acceptance, resource utilisation, and impact on service delivery. 

Dissemination

  • Article accepted in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, June 2019: Ownsworth, T., Theodoros, D., Cahill, L., Vaezipour, A., Quinn, R., Kendall, M., Moyle, W. & Lucas, K. (in press). A qualitative investigation of the usability and acceptability of videoconferencing for delivering community-based rehabilitation to individuals with acquired brain injury.
  • Results presented at the ASSBI/NZRA Trans-Tasman Conference in Wellington, NZ, 4 May 2019, and at the Speech Pathology Australia Conference, 2-5 June 2019.

Who benefits from this research?

The consumers (or end-users) of the research findings include rehabilitation coordinators at ABIOS, other service providers, people with acquired brain injury and their family caregivers.