Effectiveness of Recreation Therapy in Group Setting for People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Recreational therapists are able to work in physical rehabilitation with patients in one-on-one interactions or group settings. Many other allied health professionals Picture1are boxed into only implementing individual therapy to reach personalized patient goals. However, group dynamics for therapeutic interventions have potential for reaching goals outside of one-on-one interactions.  The effectiveness of group therapy for people with traumatic brain injury was recently published in a scoping review study published in Disability Rehabilitation, a peer-reviewed medical journal. This study located 99 articles that researched rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury. The results displayed many group therapy interventions currently treating people with TBI. Through group dynamics, the research reported increased patient outcomes measures for overall effectiveness of group therapy. Patients reported in some studies “group interventions to be beneficial for sharing experiences and reducing isolation, receiving help and feedback and, assisting with adjustment and adaptation to life after TBI”. However, research is still limited on group therapy effectiveness overall. Greater emphasis on group-delivered interventions that target ‘real world’ activities or participation may be beneficial with this population to continue to validate the purpose of group therapy. Since recreational therapy often treats people with TBI in group settings, this study, and future studies, may help to spur on the profession through proving effectiveness of group interventions for people with TBI in physical rehabilitation settings.

As a recreational therapy practitioner working with people with TBI, are your interventions implemented in a one-on-one setting or a group setting? How does your billing differ based on group setting vs. individual therapy?

For more information on this study, visit this link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26982536

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