Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain caused by a head injury or illness/disease
such as stroke or aneurysm. ABI is often associated with poor awareness into ongoing symptoms
of damage to the brain, which can be cognitive, physical, and psychological. A
multi-disciplinary rehabilitation programme is recommended to help with such symptoms.
However, without self-awareness of difficulties, people with ABI can have poor motivation to
take part. The study aims to discover whether showing people a short 'preparatory' video
about ABI rehabilitation has an effect on self-awareness, and their motivation to take part
in rehabilitation offered to them.
The study also aims to investigate the feasibility of using the preparatory video on a larger
scale across inpatient ABI rehabilitation, by exploring whether staff find delivering the
video easy to incorporate into routine practice.
People invited to take part in the study will be recruited from a specialist inpatient brain
injury rehabilitation unit (BIRT).
People who are approached will be given information about what the study will involve, and
can choose not to take part.
Each participant will be asked to fill out a series of questionnaires. They will then be
supported by staff to watch a short video every two/three days, over four weeks. Half of the
participants will be shown the video right away, while the other half will wait two weeks, to
allow for comparisons between the groups. The video will aim to improve understanding of the
kinds of emotional and/or practical difficulties they may be experiencing, and will inform
participants about what rehabilitation might be like. After they have regularly watched the
video for four weeks both sets of participants will be asked to complete another set of
questionnaires, and the staff will be asked to complete an evaluation of how they found
delivering the video.