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Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
   Pages 327 — 340

Abstract — Needs and concerns of male combat Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury

Virginia S. Daggett, PhD, RN;1–2* Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN;2 Janice Buelow, PhD, RN, FAAN;2 Barbara Habermann, PhD, RN;2 Laura L. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP3

1Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN; 2School of Nursing, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN; 3Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Abstract — Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has emerged as a major cause of morbidity among U.S. servicemembers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even mild TBI (mTBI) can result in cognitive impairments that can affect the community reintegration of Veterans postdeployment. The purpose of this study was to explore the needs and concerns of combat Veterans with mTBI to provide support for an mTBI-specific conceptual model (Conceptual Model in the Context of mTBI) derived from Ferrans et al.’s health-related quality of life model and the TBI literature. Content analysis of qualitative interview data was conducted using a thematic matrix with a predetermined code list. Data saturation was achieved after interviews with eight male Veterans. Six key categories and predominant themes emerged: cognitive impairments, physical symptoms, emotions and behaviors, instrumental activities of daily living, interpersonal interactions, and community reintegration. Findings provide preliminary support for a new, context-specific conceptual model that has the potential to identify areas for future interventions to enhance community reintegration of combat Veterans with mTBI.

Key words: activities of daily living, adaptation, Afghanistan, behavioral symptoms, cognitive symptoms, environment, Iraq, interpersonal interactions, needs, theoretical model, traumatic brain injury, Veterans.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Daggett VS, Bakas T, Buelow J, Habermann B, Murray LL. Needs and concerns of male combat Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013; 50(3):327–40.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.09.0168
ResearcherID/ORCID: Virginia S. Daggett, PhD, RN: E-5695-2011; Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN: B-9154-2013; Barbara Habermann, PhD, RN: B-9333-2013; Laura L. Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP: B-9163-2013
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