Presenter Information

Rebekkah McLellanFollow

Location

Schewel 208

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:30 PM

Department

Public Health

Abstract

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year, making the topic of brain plasticity and patient recovery an important area of study. An added element is understanding whether biological, social, and environmental factors can impact the recovery and plasticity of the patient’s brain. The purpose of this literature review was to evaluate if the environment surrounding an individual who has sustained a brain injury affects their recovery and neuroplasticity. The databases used for the scope of this review included LC OneSearch, Medline, EBSCOhost, and Google Scholar. Key words included brain injury, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, environment, recovery, rehabilitation, enriched environment, and plasticity. Results supported the idea that the environment plays a factor in a patient’s ability to recover and regain some neuroplasticity; however, more research on this topic needs to be done. Because current evidence supports that the environment can affect neurological well-being; doctors should implement therapies that address the environment around a patient while tailoring the rehabilitation on a person-to-person basis. Doctors should also begin to consider other environmental factors when postulating why a patient’s recovery may not be as successful as others.

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Hall

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Apr 4th, 3:30 PM

Effects of the Environment on Recovery and Neuroplasticity in Brain Injury Patients

Schewel 208

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year, making the topic of brain plasticity and patient recovery an important area of study. An added element is understanding whether biological, social, and environmental factors can impact the recovery and plasticity of the patient’s brain. The purpose of this literature review was to evaluate if the environment surrounding an individual who has sustained a brain injury affects their recovery and neuroplasticity. The databases used for the scope of this review included LC OneSearch, Medline, EBSCOhost, and Google Scholar. Key words included brain injury, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, environment, recovery, rehabilitation, enriched environment, and plasticity. Results supported the idea that the environment plays a factor in a patient’s ability to recover and regain some neuroplasticity; however, more research on this topic needs to be done. Because current evidence supports that the environment can affect neurological well-being; doctors should implement therapies that address the environment around a patient while tailoring the rehabilitation on a person-to-person basis. Doctors should also begin to consider other environmental factors when postulating why a patient’s recovery may not be as successful as others.