Journal article

Organising health care services for people with an acquired brain injury: an overview of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials

Kate Laver, Natasha A Lannin, Peter Bragge, Peter Hunter, Anne E Holland, Emma Tavender, Denise O'Connor, Fary Khan, Robert Teasell, Russell Gruen

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) is the leading cause of disability worldwide yet there is little information regarding the most effective way to organise ABI health care services. The aim of this review was to identify the most up-to-date high quality evidence to answer specific questions regarding the organisation of health care services for people with an ABI. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of English papers using MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL and the Cochrane Library. We included the most recently published high quality systematic reviews and any randomised controlled trials, non-randomised controlled trials, controlled before after studies or interrupted time serie..

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Awarded by Australian NHMRC Public Health Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This project is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). DO'C is supported by an Australian NHMRC Public Health Fellowship (606726). The authors wish to thank their colleagues for their assistance in preparation of this document: Loyal Pattuwage for his assistance in searching the literature, data extraction and appraisal of methodological quality of included studies; Dina Watterson for her assistance in data extraction and appraisal of methodological quality of included studies; Ornella Clavisi for her advice on the protocol and search strategy, Lisa Gill for feedback on the research questions included in the review; and Michelle Fiander for her assistance in searching the Cochrane EPOC Group trials register.