Codman Award paper. Family concerns and responses following a severe traumatic brain injury: a grounded theory study

Axone. 2002 Dec;24(2):14-22.


The focus of this paper is to present an inductively derived substantive theory, "Negotiating Uncertainty". The theory details the most salient concerns of families who had a close relative who had suffered a severe TBI and how they dealt with the experience during the uncertain trajectory of illness that followed coma. This study was conducted in two acute care neurosurgical units in Level 1 trauma facilities in Toronto, Canada, using the grounded theory research method. There were a total of 36 participants in the study: 11 individuals who were injured and 25 close family members. Supporting data is provided to permit the reader to hear the issues of family members first-hand and to evaluate the recommendations for practice, education, and research.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Brain Injuries / nursing
  • Brain Injuries / psychology*
  • Brain Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Coma / psychology
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Theory
  • Ontario
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Social Support