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What is the best predictors of life satisfaction following traumatic brain injury?

The best predictors of global life satisfaction following a traumatic brain injury were the elimination of barriers to participation in life activities according to a report published in the November issue of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2006 Nov.85(11) 889-98.

The authors set out to determine which components of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) are most predictive of global life satisfaction after traumatic brain injury. 

Of all the individual variables evaluated, only social integration and productivity were found to be significant, unique predictors.

This study points to the importance of community reintegration programs for persons suffering from TBI and the goals of returning individuals from institutional settings back into the community as soon as possible.  Remember Dorothy's observation:  THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

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