The family as a resource for improved patient and family functioning after traumatic brain injury

A randomized controlled trial of a family centered intervention

About the project

The main objective is to examine whether a multi-professional family centred intervention approach would lead to better family functioning and ultimately better rehabilitation outcomes for the patients  after traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families regarding family dynamics, caregiver burden and health related quality of life (HRQL).

About the project


The study aims to determine the effectiveness of a multi-professional theoretically based family-centred intervention for patients with traumatic brain Injury/spinal cord injury. The goal is to improve their health-related quality of life and self-efficacy, as well as reduce the burden of the family members over time.


Traumatic brain injury is challenging for those sustaining the injury as well as for their families. We know that the family plays an integral role in the patient's recovery, and it is crucial to recognize the scope of the TBI experience and provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation within the context of the family. This project is a randomized controlled trial with two groups - the intervention group receives a multidisciplinary, family-centered intervention, which is built upon a cognitive behavioral therapy model in a family perspective. The control group receives the usual treatment, provided by the respective municipality of the individual, supplemented by a psycho-educative session for the family members run by the Oslo University Hospitals.    


The Extra Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation and the National Association for the Traumatically Injured (LTN).


  • Trauma Rehabilitation Research Unit at the Oslo University Hospitals
  • Baerum Municipality, Dept. of Health and Rehabilitation
  • Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, BioCruces Health Research Institute, Cruces University Hospital, Spain


Published Mar. 16, 2018 4:46 PM - Last modified Feb. 18, 2020 10:44 AM


Principal Investigator

Helene L. Søberg

PhD Student:

Mari S. Rasmussen


  • Nada Hadzic-Andelic
  • Anne Norup
  • Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla
  • Mari S. Rasmussen
  • Tonje Haug Nordenmark
Detailed list of participants