Life satisfaction related to work re-entry after brain injury: A longitudinal study
2003 (English)In: Brain Injury, ISSN 0269-9052, E-ISSN 1362-301x, Vol. 17, no 11, 991-1002 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the subjective life satisfaction after brain injury and its relation to work re-entry. METHOD: The research design was a longitudinal study. Thirty-six individuals answered a questionnaire at 3 and 6 years after admittance to a rehabilitation programme. The questionnaire addressed work status, job satisfaction, subjective symptoms of illness and life satisfaction. RESULTS: The reported life satisfaction both for life as a whole and for different domains of life was low. No significant difference between follow-ups was found for satisfaction with life as a whole. For the domain IADL activities, the subjects reported a statistically significant lower satisfaction at the second follow-up than at the first. No correlation between work status and subjective satisfaction with life as a whole was found in this population. At the second follow-up, significantly more people were satisfied with IADL in the group that had returned to work. CONCLUSIONS: The results from this study indicate that brain injury has a lasting effect on a person's life also many years after onset. The decreasing satisfaction with the ability to perform IADL-activities in along-term perspective should give implications for clinical practice. More research in this area is needed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 17, no 11, 991-1002 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4284DOI: 10.1080/0269905031000110508PubMedID: 14514450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4284DiVA: diva2:143305