A recent joint study focused on how processes of pediatric inpatient rehabilitation care vary in rehabilitation facilities in the United States.
Researchers analyzed the treatment given to 174 children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) by quantifying how the care facilities adhered to three quality-of-care indicators: family-centered processes, neurobehavioral and psychosocial processes, and community integration processes.
Researchers encountered rates of variability illustrating inconsistent adherence to these quality-of-care indicators across and within facilities. This inconsistency may muddle efforts to not only treat the TBI patient for injury-related behavioral and social complications but also impede processes to reintegrate the patient into the community.
Ennis S K, Jaffe K M, et al. Rehabilitation Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Variability in Adherence to Psychosocial Quality-of-Care Indicators. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. (July 2013).