Insights into insight: studies on awareness of deficits after acquired brain injury

S.M.J. Smeets

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Many people with non-congenital brain damage (NCBD) experience physical, cognitive or emotional difficulties even years after sustaining the disorder. Some of them have a reduced ability to assess their strengths and weaknesses and to estimate the current and future effects of the brain damage on their daily life. This limited insight into illness after sustaining NCBD, i.e. patients’ tendency to overestimate their abilities reduces the chance of successful rehabilitation and adjustments made after sustaining NCBD, according to practitioners and researchers. This dissertation comprises various studies on limited insight into illness and provides practitioners with tools, among other things, for measuring and treating limited insight into illness in patients after sustaining NCBD.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Heugten, Caroline, Supervisor
  • Ponds, R.W.H.M., Supervisor
  • Winkens, I., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date12 Nov 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789462331068
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • insight into illness
  • non-congenital brain damage
  • measure
  • treatment


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