The use of functional assessments in the management of communication impairments following traumatic brain injury

This systematic review aims to identify functional assessments used to evaluate communication impairments following a traumatic brain injury, and to critically evaluate the psychometric properties of these tools. This review will contribute to the development of better functional assessments of communication impairment following traumatic brain injury by identifying those that are currently available and determining their validity. Where there are obvious gaps identified in the area of functional communication assessments, directions for future research will be provided.

Functional approaches to communication intervention following traumatic brain injury

This systematic review aims to identify functional approaches to communication intervention used for individuals with communication impairments following a traumatic brain injury, and to determine the efficacy of these interventions. This review will contribute to the development of better treatment approaches by evaluating the evidence base for effective interventions. Where there are obvious gaps identified in the area of functional communication intervention, directions for future research will be provided. 

Technology acceptance/usability of telerehabilitation platforms for adults injured in motor vehicle accidents

This systematic review will explore technology acceptance/usability of telerehabilitation platforms used to manage adults injured in motor vehicle accidents from both the perspective of the injured person and the health service provider. The review will explore:

  1. the measures/theoretical frameworks used to assess technology acceptance in telerehabilitation in adults with traumatic brain injury;
  2. explore factors that predict technology acceptance;
  3. barriers to technology adoption; and
  4. determine directions for future research

The impact of musculoskeletal injuries sustained in road traffic accidents on work-related outcomes

The aim of this systematic review is to determine the impact of sustaining a musculoskeletal injury during a road traffic accident on an individual’s ability to work. The concept of work encompasses the rate of return to work following injury, the utilisation of sick leave, work capacity, work ability, and health-related work productivity loss. The existing evidence considering the impact to work and work-related outcomes arising from musculoskeletal injuries and road traffic accidents has not yet been synthesised with a systematic review. This synthesis is required to inform future studies to promote timely and sustained return to work after these injuries, to inform policy and legislation, and to raise awareness of the long term consequences of injuries that can be minor in nature, but significant in their effect on the lives of individuals in the community.

Effectiveness of interventions targeting return to work for those with musculoskeletal problems after a road traffic crash

The aims of this systematic review are to: 

  1. describe the interventions that have been trialed for individuals with musculoskeletal injuries following road traffic crash that aim to assist return to work; and to
  2. evaluate the quality and the reported effect of these interventions. The results of this review will contribute to the planning of future interventions that are better able to meet this underreported need in the community.