Occupational therapy assessment of self-awareness following traumatic brain injury

Melina Simmond, Jennifer M. Fleming

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Impaired self-awareness is a common problem following traumatic brain injury. Without adequate self-awareness, a person's motivation to participate in rehabilitation may be limited, which in turn can have an adverse effect on his or her functional outcome. For this reason, it is important that brain injury rehabilitation professionals, including occupational therapists, both understand this phenomenon and use assessment and treatment approaches aimed at improving clients' self-awareness. This article provides an overview of self-awareness, reviewing the distinction between intellectual and online awareness. The current role of occupational therapy in the assessment of self-awareness is highlighted and the guidelines for new assessments of self-awareness suitable for use in occupational therapy are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-453
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy


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