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Research is crucial to discovering the best care and treatment for people with acquired brain injury. It helps develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of the people we support.
A report by the Centre for Mental Health indicated that 1.3 million people in the UK live with the effects of acquired brain injury. Many of the symptoms are ‘hidden’, including poor memory, challenging behaviour or impaired communication. If unrecognised or unsupported, the challenges arising from an acquired brain injury can negatively affect the person’s participation in their community, such as in family life and returning to work, resulting in social isolation.
Research shows that timely access to specialist rehabilitation and, in some cases, long-term care, plays a key role in promoting recovery, preventing relapse and improving quality of life. It enables individuals to reach and exceed their goals.
At Brainkind, we firmly believe that direct engagement in research raises awareness of the life-changing effects those affected by brain injury may experience daily. Together with the wider community, we can make a positive difference in the science of brain injury rehabilitation and help to promote social change.
Understanding the gaps in knowledge and services for people with acquired brain injury is extremely important. This ensures that any intervention we use is evidence-based and has a positive, meaningful impact on people’s lives.
Brainkind is therefore committed to conducting research that helps us identify unrecognised areas of need and to developing and improving services and interventions.
Research can improve our understanding of the difficulties experienced by the people we support, and by many others affected by brain injury. Once we understand these needs, we can ensure the right questions are answered through high quality research studies.
Engaging in research is an excellent opportunity for our staff to gain hands-on experience of the research process. It also enables the development of additional skills, such as data analysis, critical thinking and communication skills.
Research helps us find answers to difficult questions, and can change and improve the way we work. Getting involved, as a researcher or participant, helps determine what our priorities are and ensures research developments actually work in the real world.
Organisations that engage in research produce better clinical outcomes. This is because research helps to identify the most effective treatments and also to understand which work best, for whom. Research can also lead to the discovery of new or improved treatments and support.
We’re always on the lookout for fresh perspectives, new ideas and different approaches. As long as the research may benefit people affected by brain injury, we’re interested.
We firmly believe that research is for everyone, which is why we welcome involvement from the public in all aspects of research. If you’re interested in participating in current or future research, contact us today
People with brain injuries have unique needs. To help as many people as possible, we have a network of hospitals, assessment and rehab centres, and community support services across the UK.