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Personalized community integration intervention (PCII)

Personalized community integration intervention (PCII): This initiative offers an alternative between the support of close ones and that of health professionals to fill the need expressed by a TBI clientele for an informal support that is more social and centered on their needs, preoccupations, and dreams.

The research results of the past ten years show that satisfying social participation is linked to the capacity of a person with a TBI to integrate into a community. However, when rehabilitation is over, these people feel isolated and are not sure how to occupy their time, since most of them cannot go back to work or take up previous hobbies. The short- or long-term presence of someone who takes into account the needs and potential of people with a TBI to help them achieve goals important to them can greatly encourage social integration. It is in this context that the personalized community integration intervention (PCII) was developed.

The PCII consists in helping people with a TBI reach certain pre-determined goals during the completion of an activity or a project, through two, two-hour visits a week.

The project is based on a community philosophy. In this sense, the attendants are not intervenors or health professionals, but people from the community who want to invest their time to help others realize their life project. The actions of the attendants are overseen by teams with experience dealing with the situation of people with a TBI (such as intervenors, researchers, people with a TBI, or close ones). These teams ensure the smooth functioning of the project and help the attendants and the people with a TBI throughout the project.

The intervention is personalized since the person chooses the objectives that will need to be reached, for example in day-to-day or leisure activities. The approach of this project is participatory and the person with a TBI is proactive in the intervention since she/he has a vested interest in realizing the set objectives. Ultimately, the project seeks to increase self-determination and autonomy of people with a TBI when attempting to meet their community integration needs.

The effects of the PCII are being evaluated, specifically with regard to the social participation of people with a TBI.

The PCII project began in the summer of 2009. We are currently looking for people having suffered a mild or severe TBI, who wish to be accompanied in the realization of an objective, an activity, or a project of their choice.

For information concerning the PCII project, please contact the chief researcher, Hélène Lefebvre, at 514-527-452, extension 2755, or by e-mail: