Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2024

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Karen Hebert


community integration, traumatic brain injury, caregivers, inpatient rehabilitation, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Community integration (CI) is a significant benchmark for successful rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The purpose of this capstone was to utilize occupational therapy assessments, interventions, and resources to support patients and their caregivers during the transition from the clinical setting to the community. Methods included assessment and intervention for patient function, cognition as it relates to burden of care, patient discharge statistics, development and implementation of caregiver resources, and semi-structured caregiver interviews. The outcomes of this project indicate that although TBI survivors are discharging home, they continue to require substantial caregiver support. Outcomes also indicate that there is a gap in provision of caregiver resources. Occupational therapy is in an ideal position to provide services to both patients and their caregivers in order to facilitate optimal CI for TBI survivors.