Brain injury patients need support after hospital discharge

Patients in Georgia who have sustained severe acquired brain injuries face many challenges when they return home after a hospital stay. Families responsible for providing care at home also face challenges. Recently, researchers in Australia conducted a study on the outcomes of young patients that have been released from the hospital after suffering from an ABI.

The study looked at patients and their families over an 18-month period of time from January 2014 to July 2015. Patients in the study had sustained a severe brain injury and visited the hospital to receive short-term care. While studying the experiences and outcomes of the patients and their families, researchers also provided information about the BrainLink Hospital Liaison Project, a resource program for patients that are being discharged from the hospital.

Researchers found that it was common for patients and their families to experience feelings of stress, overburden and isolation while transitioning out of the hospital and into the community. However, families that received vital information, referrals and support services from the Hospital Liaison Project had better outcomes. One of the co-authors of the study said that the research pointed out that there is a need for more post-rehabilitation and housing options for ABI patients.

Many people who suffer from severe brain injuries become permanently disabled and can no longer earn income as they once did. All of the medical and rehabilitative care needs for a brain-injured person can be expensive and result in a huge financial burden for the patient and their family. An attorney may be able to represent a person with a brain trauma that was caused by the negligence of another and help to seek financial compensation from the responsible party.

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