Enhancing Access to Psychosocial Supports for Acquired Brain Injury


  • Nancy Lin University of British Columbia


disability, accessibility, psychosocial, adjustment, brain injury, mixed methods


Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in varied combinations of sensory, motor, cognitive, communication, and emotional problems. These problems frequently lead to issues with psychosocial adjustment, including significantly higher rates of mental health issues compared to the general population. To date, research on psychosocial supports (e.g., psychotherapy, support groups, leisure activities) for people with ABI-related disability has been limited. Preliminary evidence suggests that adapting existing psychosocial supports to meet the diverse needs of people with ABI will increase service accessibility. However, little is known about what adaptations are needed, and whether these adaptations are feasible in community settings where supports are provided. The proposed research will contribute to this knowledge gap by first conducting a systematic review to identify adaptations from research. These adaptations will be collated to develop a comprehensive inventory. Frontline psychosocial support providers’ feedback on the adaptations will be obtained using the Delphi method. Provider focus groups will be held to identify barriers and facilitators to adaptation implementation in practice settings. The inventory will be the first to cover the entire spectrum of community-based psychosocial supports for people with ABI-related disability, and will enhance the accessibility and consistency of supports provided.