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Identifying the knowledge base in social work practice with traumatic brain injury

Identifying the knowledge base in social work practice with traumatic brain injury

Mantell, Andrew, Simpson, Grahame, Jones, Kate, Strandberg, Thomas, Simonson, Patti and Vungkhanching, Martha (2013) Identifying the knowledge base in social work practice with traumatic brain injury. In: 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, 23-27 June 2013, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (Unpublished)

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The problem

The International Network for Social Workers in Acquired Brain Injury sought to determine the formal knowledge base produced by social workers addressing practice in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury. The project aimed to identify the breadth of knowledge, the types of interventions employed and the quality of the evidence base.


To capture the widest number of articles, a scoping review was conducted, and study quality evaluated through assessment frameworks drawn from both social care and the United Kingdom’s national service framework for long-term conditions.


Seventy three items published between 1970 and 2009 met the search criteria, of which nine were experimental studies, 30 observational studies, 22 expert opinion works, four literature reviews, one insider account and seven addressed health policy/service provision.

Articles focused on family and individual adjustment, community integration and health policy. Interventions included counseling, group work, case management, education and social networking. The experimental studies were rated as high quality, the observational studies of mixed quality, and the four literature reviews were rated as poor.


Mapping and analysis of social work’s contribution to the field highlighted central areas of practice and intervention strategies. The high quality studies provide exemplars for further development of the knowledge base.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Work, Traumatic Brain Injury, Systematic scoping review, knowledge base
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 11:41

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