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Families of patients with polytrauma: Understanding the evidence and charting a new research agenda

Joan M. Griffin, PhD, et al.

Families of U.S. servicemembers with polytrauma (which often includes a traumatic brain injury) will likely face significant stress as their injured family member begins to recover and rehabilitate from these complex injuries. However, little knowledge exists about what families need during polytrauma recovery and rehabilitation and how they will cope over time. We describe what is currently known about the families' role in the recovery and rehabilitation process and the families' ongoing and long-term needs. We also summarize different ways that families respond to stress and the long-term effects of patients' injuries. We conclude with suggestions for future research.

Volume 46 Number 6, 2009
   Pages 879 — 892

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