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dc.contributor.authorRietdijk, Rachael
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-14
dc.date.available2020-01-14
dc.date.submitted2019-12-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2123/21672
dc.description.abstractTraumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common cause of disability, which frequently causes impairments in communication skills. These impairments affect successful participation in conversations and have a long-term impact on relationships, employment, and social life. Training communication partners to use a positive and supportive approach to communication when having conversations with people with TBI has been demonstrated to be effective in improving outcomes. However, it is challenging for communication partners of people with TBI to access this training due to competing time demands and distance from rehabilitation services. Using telehealth to provide communication skills training could offer a potential solution. This thesis investigated the potential for using telehealth to provide communication skills training to people with TBI and their communication partners through: (1) a systematic review of the literature focussed on telehealth-based interventions involving family caregivers of people with TBI, (2) a reliability study comparing videoconferencing-based assessment with in-person assessment of the communication of people with TBI, (3) a single case experimental design study of telehealth-based communication skills training involving two people with severe TBI and their communication partners, and (4) a clinical trial of communication skills training for people with moderate-severe TBI and their communication partners involving 51 participants with comparison across telehealth delivery, in-person delivery, and a historical control group. Each of these studies provided evidence supporting the use of telehealth for assessment and training of social communication skills after TBI. The positive findings from this research will influence policies relating to brain injury rehabilitation services and potentially support increased provision of services via telehealth in the future.en_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydneyen_AU
dc.publisherFaculty of Medicine and Healthen_AU
dc.publisherSchool of Health Sciencesen_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.en_AU
dc.subjecttraumatic brain injuryen_AU
dc.subjecttelehealthen_AU
dc.subjectcommunicationen_AU
dc.subjectcarers trainingen_AU
dc.subjectclinical trialen_AU
dc.titleCommunication training for people with traumatic brain injury and their communication partners via telehealthen_AU
dc.typePhD Doctorateen_AU
dc.type.pubtypeDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_AU
dc.description.disclaimerAccess is restricted to staff and students of the University of Sydney . UniKey credentials are required. Non university access may be obtained by visiting the University of Sydney Library.en_AU


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