Motivational interviewing to prevent alcohol abuse after traumatic brain injury: A case series

TitleMotivational interviewing to prevent alcohol abuse after traumatic brain injury: A case series
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBombardier, CH, Rimmele, CT
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
PublisherEducational Publishing Foundation
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0090-55501939-1544
Accession Number1999-00517-003. First Author & Affiliation: Bombardier, Charles H.
KeywordsAlcohol Rehabilitation, Drug Abuse Prevention, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, motivational interviewing in acute rehabilitation setting, prevention of return to drinking alcohol, patients with recent traumatic brain injury, Rehabilitation Counseling, Traumatic Brain Injury

Objective: Our goal was to test motivational interviewing as a means of preventing return to alcohol abuse after traumatic brain injury. Participants: Twelve of 15 inpatients (80%) who screened positive for alcoholism were approached about the study. Historical controls were 20 similar but untreated patients with follow-up data. Results: One-year outcome data were obtained on 9 participants (75%). Seventy-six percent were male and an average of 35 years old. Eighty-nine percent of participants and 55% of controls reported drinking no alcohol during a typical week at 1 year after discharge. Conclusion: Motivational interviewing is feasible during inpatient rehabilitation and may reduce drinking after traumatic brain injury. Controlled studies are needed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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