Unmet service needs of persons with traumatic brain injury

E. Elisabeth Pickelsimer*, Anbesaw W. Selassie, Pat L. Sample, Allen W. Heinemann, Ja K. Gu, Linda C. Veldheer

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVES: Assess unmet needs of persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) 1 year after hospital discharge; compare perceived need with needs based on deficits (unrecognized need); determine major barriers to services; evaluate association of needs with satisfaction with life. PARTICIPANTS: Representative sample of 1830 community-dwelling persons with TBI aged 15 years and older. MEASURES: Perceived and unrecognized unmet needs, barriers to receiving services, and satisfaction with life as a function of met service needs. RESULTS: 35.2% of participants reported at least 1 unmet need, 51.5% had unrecognized needs, 47% reported at least 1 barrier to receiving help. Receipt of services significantly increased satisfaction with life. CONCLUSIONS: Many persons experiencing TBI report having unmet service needs 1 year after hospital discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Barriers to receiving services
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Unmet service needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology


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