Judith Gargaro

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Family caregivers of individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) and other chronic disabilities typically experience long-term adjustment difficulties within the entire family system. Interventions to assist parents and spouses are rare, and for siblings and offspring even more so. Among the few existing interventions, only a very small number have been(More)
This paper presents the results of a 2-year mixed methodology (quantitative and qualitative) study examining the reintegration and quality of life of community-residing adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). A convenience sample of 100 individuals with SCI completed three questionnaires for the quantitative study phase. A self-selected subsample of 34 of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To longitudinally examine objective and self-reported outcomes for recovery of cognition, communication, mood and participation in adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and co-morbid post-traumatic sleep/wake disorders. DESIGN Prospective, longitudinal, single blind outcome study. SETTING Community-based. PARTICIPANTS Ten adults with(More)
There is a dearth of support for family members who assume caregiving responsibilities following acquired brain injury (ABI). This qualitative study broadens the understanding of ABI caregiver support needs through data triangulation from multiple interview sources across different settings. Thirty-nine caregivers across urban and rural settings in Ontario(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To describe and evaluate a new day programme for persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI), including persons exhibiting challenging behaviours. Activities were designed to reduce participants' social isolation, increase participation in community activities and increase social and leisure skills. It was expected that community(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To develop and conduct a preliminary evaluation of a manualized family system intervention for adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI). RESEARCH DESIGN Descriptive/exploratory design using mixed methods: modified-Delphi technique, self-administered questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Topic modules(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To develop a measure to assess crisis after acquired brain injury (ABI). RESEARCH DESIGN A triangulated research strategy, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, was employed to develop the crisis measure. METHODS AND PROCEDURES The measure was developed in two phases. In the first phase, by using focus group methodology, the(More)
One hundred and eighty persons with serious mental illness (SMI) in eastern Ontario, receiving services from assertive community treatment teams in Brockville and Kingston were interviewed about substance use. Data were compared to survey findings for the Ontario population. Tobacco use was higher among both men and women in the SMI sample, but use of(More)
Most independent living (IL) literature focused on describing rather than measuring or evaluating the newly developing IL phenomenon in the rehabilitation field. Gerben DeJong, however, recognized the need to quantify important IL components for research purposes. In the late 1970s he devised a ranking instrument to assess Living Arrangement and(More)
Title: Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Outcomes in a Canadian Health Care Environment: A Comparison with the U.S. Model Systems Database Primary Presenter: Nora K. Cullen List of Authors: Nora K. Cullen, Matthew McInnes, Kristine Kelly, Kattleya Tirona Affiliation: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute