Introduction of Guest Blogger, Anne Leopold, MSc, of JBS International

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Dr. Rolf Gainer, PhD, Diplomate, ABDA

Rolf B. Gainer, PhD

Recently I was at the Southwest Disability Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico and had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Anne Leopold, MSc of JBS International. Ms. Leopold’s presentation addressed the barriers to receiving post-acute rehabilitation services and the unmet needs experienced by individuals living with Traumatic Brain Injury. I found Ms. Leopold’s analysis of the problems consistent with my research into the problems faced by people living with brain injury in the years following the end of rehabilitation. Ms. Leopold identified four barrier domains: financial, structural, personal and attitudinal and “drilled down” into each of these domains to examine the issues related to funding resource availability; fragmented service delivery problems; the impact of the person’s disabling conditions on their ability to access care and barriers created by membership in a minority group, age and the payer’s perception of cost/benefit.

Ms. Leopold’s work brings considerable focus on the factors which may serve to enhance the disability of a person living with a brain injury. She provides an important “wake-up call” to people in position to implement change in our current system of care and to re-direct resources to help lessen the impact of brain injury disability for the person over the course of their lifetime.

Ms. Leopold is an accomplished researcher and I asked her to be a guest blogger on NeuroNotes to share her thoughts.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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