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Assessment of functional skills after severe head injury
  • Agnes Shiel
  • Sandra Horn
  • Martin Watson
  • Lindsay McLellan
  • Barbara Wilson


The patient with a head injury may have a variety of impairments which interact to cause functional limitation. There may be deficits in everyday skills, ranging from self-care tasks to those tasks which require differing degrees of alertness, information processing, planning and execution. Even when the patient is capable of using these skills independently of each other, e.g. of planning an activity without having to execute it, head-injured patients are frequently unable to integrate skills, that is to say to select and use the skills sequentially to solve real-life problems. The sequelae of head injury were described in Chapter 9.


Head Injury Functional Assessment Barthel Index Severe Head Injury Functional Skill 
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  • Agnes Shiel
  • Sandra Horn
  • Martin Watson
  • Lindsay McLellan
  • Barbara Wilson

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