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The promotion of recovery through rehabilitation after acquired brain injury in children

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rob ForsythORCiD, Dr Anna BasuORCiD


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A degree of motor recovery is typically seen after acquired brain injury in children. The extent to which rehabilitation efforts can claim credit for this is disputed. Strong correlations between late impairment outcomes and early severity and impairment indices are seen both in adults and children. These correlations have been interpreted by some as evidence that recovery is largely intrinsic and that any additional rehabilitation effects are small. Such views are belied by published animal studies demonstrating the possibility of large rehabilitation effects. Animal models suggest that to achieve similar rehabilitation treatment effect sizes in clinical practice, rehabilitation doses' should be greater, rehabilitation efforts should start sooner, and premature accommodation of impairment should be avoided.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Forsyth R; Basu A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Development Medicine & Child Neurology

Year: 2015

Volume: 57

Issue: 1

Pages: 16-22

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 08/09/2014

Acceptance date: 15/06/2014

ISSN (print): 0012-1622

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8749



DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12575