• Differences in Marital Satisfaction, Coping and Social Support following a Traumatic Brain Injury

      Carroll, Aine Dr.; Byrne, Patricia; Casey, Anne Marie (2009)
      Objective: Adverse cognitive, emotional and behavioural sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are commonly noted by family members. These sequelae can adversely impact on marital and family relationships. The aim of this study is to examine marital and relationship satisfaction following a TBI amongst patients and partners. Design: A questionnaire based postal survey was used to investigate relationship and marital satisfaction. Participants: Thirty four participants (14 male; 20 female), ranging in age from 25-68 years ( = 44 years, SD 11 years), took part in this study. Sixteen had sustained a TBI and eighteen were partners of patients with TBI. Participants with TBI who were inpatients at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and their partners were invited to participate in the study. Outcome Measures: The Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSI-R) was used to examine marital and relationship satisfaction. Results: Both patients and partners reported relationship difficulties following brain injury (z = -3.078, p < .05 patients; z = 2.699, p < .05 partners). Conclusion: This study highlights the significant impact of TBI on relationships for both the TBI survivor and their partners. Implications for interventions in neuropsychological rehabilitation are discussed.
    • Electronic aids to daily living: be able to do what you want.

      Verdonck, Michèle Claire; Chard, Gill; Nolan, Maeve; Occupational Therapy, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. great.sci@gmail.com (2011)
      This study explores the experiences of Irish people with high cervical spinal cord injuries living with electronic aids to daily living (EADL) and the meaning attributed to such systems in the context of participation in everyday life.
    • An evaluation of virtual reality technology as an occupational therapy treatment tool in spinal cord injury rehabilitation

      McNamara, Angela Dr.; O’Raw, Paul (2006)
      The introduction of virtual reality (VR) games as an occupational therapy (OT) treatment tool is an attempt to use technology as purposeful activity that is more relevant to a modern patient population than traditional art and craft based activities. It is unclear however if VR games are suitable for clinical applications and the current project examines the usability of video-capture VR games in spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation. Participants were 10 male acute SCI patients with complete and incomplete SCI (C5 – L2), and ages ranging from 23 – 56 years (mean = 40.5 years; SD = 14.07). Time post injury was 3 – 6 months (mean = 4 months; SD = 1.25). The first study examined console-based VR games. Participants engaged with three different VR game types: a purely physical game, a physical and cognitive game, and a purely cognitive game. Patients were interviewed about their experience using a 45 point usability questionnaire, and the attending therapists completed a similar survey. Both patients and therapists agreed that VR games increase motivation to attend therapy, and motivate patients to perform past their perceived limits of movement and endurance. The VR games used did not overexert patients and did not cause any extra pain or discomfort. Results suggest that patients with limited experience of computer technology, and over a wide range of ages and social backgrounds, could use the VR games successfully and independently. The second study looked at an equivalent PC-based VR game to determine if there are advantages in using this platform. Participants engaged in a purely physical VR game and were interviewed using a questionnaire as before. The attending therapists completed a similar feedback form. Results showed the PC based VR game was equivalent to the console game in functionality and ease of use, but had the advantage of being more portable and easier to set up and operate. These findings support the idea that VR games are an appropriate and useful compliment to conventional OT. In addition, patients found that having their image and real-time movements displayed onscreen was useful feedback to correct posture and direct upper limb movements.
    • An exploration of child and adolescent sibling’s experience of paediatric traumatic brain injury

      Monaghan, Dr Hugh; O’Doherty, Dr Sarah; Cronin, Heather (2009)
      This study explored the experiences of the sibling relationships of ten young people with a brother or sister with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Whilst research has examined outcomes following ABI in young people, and adjustment and family functioning from the perspective of the parents, little is known about the experiences of siblings. A qualitative methodology using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used. Participants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule designed to capture participant’s subjective experiences of their relationships within the family and specifically their perceptions of their sibling post-ABI. Four master themes emerged from the analysis. ‘Living with trauma’ illustrated participants’ exposure to their sibling’s mortality subsequent to the initial trauma. ‘Living with loss’ reflected shifts in family relationships and loss of ways-of-being. ‘Life through the lens of ABI’ incorporated participants’ assumption of a hybrid parent-sibling role. ‘Managing loss and finding meaning’ drew on participants’ approaches towards resilience and coping. These themes are discussed in the context of previous literature, in particular in relation to family systems theory and ambiguous loss. It is suggested that these findings may be useful in considering the salient issues for young people with a sibling with ABI. The consequences of these findings for clinical psychology practice, theory and future research are noted.
    • Improving Access to Specialist Rehabilitation Services in Ireland

      Twomey, Valerie; O’Driscoll, Edina (2014-03)
    • Intrathecal baclofen therapy

      Khan, A (Irish Medical Journal, 2014)
      Intrathecal baclofen therapy has been used in the treatment of severe, intractable spasticity resistant to oral agents in brain and spinal cord injury since 1992. A successful trial of intrathecal baclofen infusion administered with a test dose of baclofen injection via a lumbar puncture precedes the therapy and those who respond favorably in the standard screening test go on to receive intrathecal baclofen pump therapy long-term. 1,2
    • An investigation into the functional outcomes of individuals with paraplegia, resulting from spinal cord injury, following discharge from a rehabilitation setting

      McNamara, Angela Dr.; Held, Lisa (2005)
      The purpose of this study was to investigate if changes occurred in the functional independence of spinal cord injured (SCI) patients, following discharge from a rehabilitation setting. The research was carried out on patients with a paraplegic injury, who underwent rehabilitation in the spinal injury unit of a Dublin based rehabilitation hospital. Eight male subjects residing in the Republic of Ireland were recruited to the study between October 2004 and May 2005. Two measures of functional independence, a mood outcome measure and semi-structured interviews were carried out at two separate stages. The first, in the hospital one to five days prior to discharge. The second in the home of the subject six to eight weeks following discharge. Studies investigating the experience of spinal injured patients soon after discharge are very limited. Research to date indicates that the functional independence of those with spinal cord injury improves after a period of one year and longer at home. Results in this study showed that functional independence as measured using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), decreased following discharge and the change was statistically significant (p=0.041). A decrease was also noted on the Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM), but this was not shown to be statistically significant (p=0.075). Mood was measured using the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and an overall improvement in mood following discharge was observed. The qualitative data obtained through the semi-structured interviews, yielded rich information on the subjects views of the pre and post discharge phase. Six factors which could be associated with changes in functional independence were identified; environmental, lack of appropriate equipment, social support, lack of services, pre-discharge preparation and pain. Exploring the experiences and functional changes of individuals with spinal cord injury following discharge has implications for pre discharge rehabilitation and follow-up. Changes in line with other models of rehabilitation in Australia and America may provide a more transitional period to allow persons with SCI to be well prepared for the physical and emotional challenges presented to them in the community.
    • An investigation into the occupational status of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury

      McNamara, Angela Dr.; Logan, Catherine; National Rehabilitation Hospital (2005)
    • Irish occupational therapists' views of electronic assistive technology

      Verdonck, Michele; McCormack, Cathy; Chard, Gill (2012-04-30)
    • Lower segment cesarean scar rupture: does it always occur in the next labour

      Corrigan, L; O' Herlihy, C; McGoldrick, A (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2012-01)
      32nd Annual Meeting - Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. The Pregnancy Meeting 6-11 February 2012 Dallas, Texas USA
    • Music therapists’ strategies in implementing new posts within health care settings

      Monaghan, Dr Hugh; Edwards, Professor Jane (2009)
      The National Rehabilitation Hospital was one of a number of sites that contributed to a research study in the area of music therapy service development. This research aimed to examine the experiences of expert music therapists in developing new work and to identify strategies for introducing a new role to an existing healthcare team. Service development strategies that were identified included: Providing education about music therapy Conjoint working with other staff Remaining flexible Generating evidence Investing time and energy Results from the research will be disseminated to music therapy students, qualified music therapists and health care managers, to assist in the creation of further music therapy posts nationally and internationally. Final Report presented to the NRH Ethics Committee - October 2009
    • National Rehabilitation Hospital annual general meeting year ended 31st December 1996

      National Rehabilitation Hospital (National Rehabilitation Hospital, 1997)
    • NRH National Rehabiliation Hospital 31st Annual Report

      National Rehabiliation Hospital (NRH) (National Rehabiliation Hospital (NRH), 2012-05)
    • Optimising the prescription of prosthetic technologies (opptec): Outcome measures for evidence based prosthetic practice and use

      Ryall, Dr Nicola; Gallagher, Dr Pamela; Ni Mhurchadha, Sinead (2010)
      This study provided a forum for patients and service providers to voice their opinions in what they believe to be the important predictors and outcomes involved in successful rehabilitation following limb loss. To develop a consensus on the most important outcomes and factors to address for both the lower limb and upper limb prosthetic prescription process, the above data relating to lower limb and upper prosthetics were subsequently used in the next phase of the research involving two Delphi surveys of 23 and 53 experts within the lower limb and upper limb amputation and prosthetic field respectively, including users, service providers and researchers. This is the first time consensus has been sought on the most important outcomes, predictors and factors which optimise prosthetic prescription and use. By identifying the important outcomes of prosthetic prescription to both prosthetic users and service providers, we are not only better served to inform outcome measurement, to compare and evaluate research in the field, different interventions or prosthetic components, but also to understand why and when prosthetic technology should be provided. This research is also helpful in pinpointing factors that could potentially be used as predictors of prosthetic use to optimise use after prescription.