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In addition to an alteration of superior functions, and no matter how serious the initial injury, many brain injury victims develop problems involving the dysfunction of other organ systems. Signs and symptoms can be easily missed. The patients, and their families, are at a loss, isolated from their usual social environment. It is not easy to find someone who can help with everyday problems.
In this field, the only way to ensure an adapted response is to rely on a network of competent professionals and benevolent workers. This requires specific structures for well organized interprofessional cooperation with the participation of a wide range of disciplines and the full spectrum of competence working together under the direction of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) physicians.
The specific response for each individual patient requires knowledge of the full picture of the different manifestions (anosognosia, neuroendocrine disorders) to establish an adequate diagnosis. It also requires an assessment of system dysfunctions (sleep disorders, swallowing disorders…) and study of these patients in their real life settings in order to optimize treatments and develop personalized solutions. A good knowledge of each individual patient and his-her specific environment ins fundamental for defining specific needs in terms of material and human resources.
For the patient and family, the PRM physician is the primary care provider who establishes the link with other specialists and coordinates medical care delivered by an interprofessional team. With the support of a well-organized network the PMR physician can help the family meet their goals and improve quality of life.
There will be 26 lectures, 5 posters and 2 work-shops devoted to the field of brain injury.
Thursday, October 14th, 2010
14:30 - 16:00 Room 6 - Level 0
Medico-socio-occupational aspects of head injury
Chairperson : Dr B. POLLEZ
Moderators : Dr A. LAURENT-VANNIER, Dr F. LE MOINE
14h30 - France Head Injury : 20 years on
14h37 - Head injury, cognitive loss and automobile driving
14h44 - Ecological evaluation of frontal dysfunction after head injury with brain damage: multiple erring tests in the occupational setting
14h51 - Returning to work after brain damage: difference between patient expectations and healthcare team proposals
14h58 - Home assistance services for dependent head injury and brain damaged adults
15h02 - A care network for head injury patients in the PACA-East Region
15h09 - Case study of an integrated network for head injury brain damaged persons
15h16 - Alternatives to medicosocial assistance structures: innovative actions
15h23 - Quality of life after head injury? QOLIBRI, a specific scale; clinical application