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Title: Do we need to know about cyberscams in neurorehabilitation? A cross-sectional scoping survey of Australasian clinicians and service providers.
Epworth Authors: Gould, Kate
Carolan, Matthew
Ponsford, Jennie
Keywords: Neurorehabilitation
Acquired Brain Injury
Online Safety
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Brain Impairment, Volume 24 , Issue 2 , September 2023 , pp. 229 - 244
Abstract: Abstract Cyberscams, such as romance scams, are prevalent and costly online hazards in the general community. People with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) may be particularly vulnerable and have greater difficulty recovering from the resultant emotional and financial hardships. In order to build capacity in the neurorehabilitation sector, it is necessary to determine whether clinicians currently encounter this issue and what prevention and intervention approaches have been found effective. This scoping study aimed to explore clinicians’ exposure to and experiences with cyberscams in their adult clients with ABI. Method: Participants were clinicians recruited from multidisciplinary networks across Australia and New Zealand. Eligible participants (n = 101) completed an online customised survey. Results: More than half (53.46%) the participants had one or more clients affected by cyberscams, predominantly romance scams. Cognitive impairments and loneliness were reportedly associated with increased vulnerability. Cyberscams impacted treatment provision and were emotionally challenging for participants. No highly effective interventions were identified. Conclusions: These findings indicate that cyberscams are a clinical issue relevant to neurorehabilitation providers, with prevalence studies now required. The lack of effective interventions identified underscores the need for the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches to ultimately help people with ABI safely participate in online life.
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ISSN: 1443-9646
Journal Title: Brain Impairment
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
Appears in Collections:Rehabilitation

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