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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

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An Evidence-Based Review of Cognitive and Behavioral Rehabilitation Treatment Studies in Children with Acquired Brain Injury

Laatsch, L., Harrington, D., et al. (2007).
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 22(4), 248-256.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes

Description: This is a review of experimental and non-experimental studies investigating cognitive and behavioral rehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury. More specifically, it was designed to address clinical questions pertaining to the availability of evidence to define effective cognitive and behavioral treatments for children and adolescents who suffered an acquired brain injury.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Individuals aged 0-19 years an acquired brain injury

Intervention/Assessment: Cognitive and behavioral intervention

Number of Studies Included: 28

Years Included: 1980 to March 1996



  • Treatment
    • Cognitive-Communication
      • “Service providers of children and adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI) should consider providing attention remediation to assist recovery” (p. 252).
      • Additional research, particularly “experimentally derived, prospective studies with randomly assigned experimental-control groups and masked outcome measures” (p. 252), needs to be completed.

Keywords: Brain Injury, Behavioral Treatments, Cognition

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Added to Compendium: December 2011

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