Monique R. Pappadis

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Full community integration, or participation in society, is the ultimate goal of rehabilitation and of research conducted in the field of rehabilitation for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Community integration has been traditionally defined by 3 main areas: employment or other productive activity, independent living, and social activity.(More)
The purpose of the current study was to determine the contribution of race/ethnicity and income to community integration at approximately 6 months following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants were 151 persons with mild to severe TBI (38% Black; 38% Hispanic; 24% White) recruited from consecutive admissions to the Neurosurgery service of a county(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the meaning of community integration in an ethnically diverse sample. DESIGN Prospective study using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods. SETTING County level I trauma center. PARTICIPANTS Fifty-eight blacks, 57 Hispanics, and 52 whites with traumatic brain injury living in the community 6 months postinjury. MAIN(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate common TBI misconceptions among ethnic minorities with TBI. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING Level I trauma center. PARTICIPANTS Fifty-eight persons with TBI (28 black and 30 Hispanic) discharged from the neurosurgery unit and living in the community. MAIN MEASURE Forty-item Common Misconceptions about Traumatic Brain(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the contribution of social communication abilities and affective/behavioral functioning to social integration outcomes for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN Prospective cohort study. PARTICIPANTS A total of 184 adults with TBI (72.8% men) evaluated at least 6 months postdischarge from acute care or inpatient(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To further evaluate the construct validity of the La Trobe Communication Questionnaire (LCQ) and to investigate the extent to which self-ratings of adults with traumatic brain injury compared to ratings made by close others and self-ratings made by non-injured matched controls. RESEARCH DESIGN Prospective cohort study. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence and types of sexual difficulties in men and women with traumatic brain injury (TBI) 1 year after injury, as well as their comfort level in discussing problems with health care professionals. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Community. PARTICIPANTS Persons with TBI (N=223; 165 men and 58 women) who had(More)
The purpose of the current study was to investigate the contribution of caregivers' characteristics to health service utilization by minority persons with first episode stroke. Participants were 61 primary caregivers of minority persons (41% African American; 59% Hispanic) with first episode symptomatic stroke consecutively admitted to an inpatient(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate predictors of sexual functioning 1 year following traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Community. PARTICIPANTS A total of 255 persons with TBI (187 males; 68 females) who had been treated at 1 of 6 TBI Model Systems inpatient rehabilitation units and were living in the community. MAIN(More)
Earlier models of disability emphasized the impact of only injury-related factors impeding community integration. However, recent models incorporate the significance of physical and social environment on community integration. This study aimed to identify perceived environmental barriers that impact community integration among an ethnically diverse sample(More)