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A Web-based family problem-solving intervention for families of children with traumatic brain injury

  • Shari L. WadeEmail author
  • Christopher R. Wolfe
  • John P. Pestian
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Abstract

We developed a Web-based intervention for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) and examined its feasibility for participants with limited computer experience. Six families, including parents, siblings, and children with TBI, were given computers, Web cameras, and high-speed Internet access. Weekly videoconferences with the therapist were conducted after participants completed on-line interactive experiences on problem solving, communication, and TBI-specific behavior management. Families were assigned to videoconference with NetMeeting (iBOT cameras) or ViaVideo. Participants ranked the Web site and videoconferences as moderately to very easy to use. ViaVideo participants rated videoconferencing significantly more favorably relative to face-to-face meetings than did NetMeeting participants. Both the Web site and videoconferencing were rated as very helpful. All families demonstrated improved outcomes on one or more target behaviors, including increased understanding of the injury and improved parent-child relationships. All parents and siblings and all but 1 child with TBI said they would recommend the program to others. We conclude that a face-to-face intervention can be successfully adapted to the Web for families with varied computer experience.

Keywords

Traumatic Brain Injury Target Behavior Acquire Brain Injury Audio Quality Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shari L. Wade
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Christopher R. Wolfe
    • 3
  • John P. Pestian
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Physical Medicine and RehabilitationCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati
  2. 2.College of MedicineUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnati
  3. 3.Miami UniversityOxford

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