Mild traumatic brain injury: a place for social work

Soc Work Health Care. 2013;52(8):741-51. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.799111.


Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) has emerged as a significant public health issue. Increases in both the prevalence and awareness of this injury have resulted in a greater demand for mTBI-informed care. Our exploratory, qualitative study examines the work lives of front-line mTBI professionals. Findings suggest that mTBI rehabilitation work often requires substantial emotional energy given the impact that injury-related issues have on professionals' therapeutic work with clients. We suggest that social work, with a focus on the psychosocial implications of injury and recovery, is well-positioned to take a larger role in mTBI care and rehabilitation.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries / epidemiology
  • Brain Injuries / psychology*
  • Brain Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Qualitative Research
  • Social Work*
  • United States / epidemiology