A Personal Narrative of Involvement in Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: What Can We Learn for Therapeutic Recreation Practice?
Keywords:Health Care, Illness Narrative, Personal Narrative, Patient Self-Determination, Traumatic Brain Injury, Therapeutic Recreation
AbstractThis paper is an autoethnographic exploration of one woman’s illness narrative. It provides an in-depth understanding of her lived experience of rehabilitation after sustaining a traumatic brain injury and poly-trauma. The narrative confirms the importance of providing people with self-determined choice as a primary component of rehabilitation. The voice and values of clients are integral to professional judgment. This narrative supports clients’ personal choice and freedom during the rehabilitation process as a means of increasing their sense of self-determination and empowerment while improving overall health outcomes.
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