In April 2022 a paper was published by several authors from the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It focuses on what research can tell us about which rehabilitation services for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) are most cost effective. This paper shows that rehabilitation is a worthwhile investment. Not only does it improve brain injury survivors’ health, but it also saves money.
It is important to have this evidence for the Government to make informed decisions about investing in rehabilitation services that improve the lives of people with ABI and their families. It is also important for Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) as an advocacy organisation to have that evidence to campaign for increased investment in services for people with ABI.
In Ireland, rehabilitation services are severely underfunded, and many brain injury survivors do not have access to the services they need. This paper emphasises how vital those services are for survivors.