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December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4)

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Returning to work after brain injury

A systematic review found little evidence of what should be considered ‘best practice’ in supporting patients back to work after a traumatic brain injury. There is weak evidence that ‘supported employment’ is helpful, and that patients are more likely to gain paid work after completing a specialist vocational brain injury programme. There is moderate evidence that a vocational case-coordination approach enhances employment and productivity outcomes, and weak evidence that those who receive such an intervention in the first year after injury are placed in employment more quickly than those who do not.

Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2009; 24(3): 195–212. http://journals.lww.com/headtraumarehab/Abstract/2009/05000/Approaches_to_Vocational_Rehabilitation_After.6.aspx

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2009/2010 (vol. 06/4) pp40