Contextualized Treatment in Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation: Effects on Outcomes During the First Year After Discharge

Jennifer Bogner, Marcel Dijkers, Erinn M. Hade, Cynthia Beaulieu, Erin Montgomery, Clare Giuffrida, Misti Timpson, Juan Peng, Kamie Gilchrist, Aubrey Lash, Flora M. Hammond, Susan D. Horn, John D. Corrigan

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of providing a greater percentage of therapy as contextualized treatment on acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation outcomes. Design: Propensity score methods are applied to the TBI Practice-Based Evidence (TBI-PBE) database, a database consisting of multi-site, prospective, longitudinal observational data. Setting: Acute inpatient rehabilitation. Participants: Patients enrolled in the TBI-PBE study (N=1843), aged 14 years or older, who sustained a severe, moderate, or complicated mild TBI, received their first inpatient rehabilitation facility admission in the US, and consented to follow-up 3 and 9 months post discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective (PART-O)-17, FIM Motor and Cognitive scores, Satisfaction with Life Scale, and Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Results: Increasing the percentage of contextualized treatment during inpatient TBI rehabilitation leads to better outcomes, specifically in regard to community participation. Conclusions: Increasing the proportion of treatment provided in the context of real-life activities appears to have a beneficial effect on outcome. Although the effect sizes are small, the results are consistent with other studies supporting functional-based interventions effecting better outcomes. Furthermore, any positive findings, regardless of size or strength, are endorsed as important by consumers (survivors of TBI). While the findings do not imply that decontextualized treatment should not be used, when the therapy goal can be addressed with either approach, the findings suggest that better outcomes may result if the contextualized approach is used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1810-1817
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019



  • Brain injuries, traumatic
  • Healthcare
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy specialty
  • Propensity score
  • Recreation therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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Bogner, J., Dijkers, M., Hade, E. M., Beaulieu, C., Montgomery, E., Giuffrida, C., Timpson, M., Peng, J., Gilchrist, K., Lash, A., Hammond, F. M., Horn, S. D., & Corrigan, J. D. (2019). Contextualized Treatment in Traumatic Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation: Effects on Outcomes During the First Year After Discharge. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 100(10), 1810-1817.