Family needs after brain injury: A quantitative analysis

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The Family Needs Questionnaire (FNQ) was administered to 119 family members of patients with a primary diagnosis of brain injury. Patients had mild, moderate, or severe injuries and were in the acute and postacute stages of injury. Relatives, including wives, mothers, fathers, and children, rated 40 needs based on importance and the extent to which needs were met. A review of responses revealed that most needs were judged as important, especially those pertaining to information and reassurance. The pattern of frequently reported unmet needs suggested that many family members felt misunderstood, isolated, and unsupported. Income and gender were related to needs, but family education, age, and injury characteristics were not. Findings were consistent with previous research on family needs and provided evidence that the FNQ has content validity.

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