Introduction: Relative involvement is crucial in traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation when patients are incapable of being involved due to cognitive impairment. However, involving is complex because of differing understandings of involvement as well as diverse needs to be involved. Aim: To identify relatives’ strategies and practices in the rehabilitation process. Methods: Participant observations during meetings with health care professionals (HCPs) and semi-structured interviews with eleven relatives of patients with TBI was analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Drawing on Bourdieu’s theory of practice, three relative positions were identified, the warrior, the observer and the hesitant. These positions illustrate how different relative positions influence the relatives’ strategies; how they act, participate and relate to the patient and the HCPs during rehabilitation. Conclusion: Acknowledging relatives’ positions during the rehabilitation process enables better understanding and support of the relatives in the rehabilitation process to meet their (and thus the patients’) diverse needs.

Keywords: decision-making, involvement, qualitative research, rehabilitation, relatives, traumatic brain injury