Internet-based cognitive rehabilitation in individuals with acquired brain injury: A pilot feasibility study

Thomas F. Bergquist, Carissa Gehl, Susan Lepore, Nicole Holzworth, William Beaulieu

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Abstract

Primary objective: The goal of the current study was to assess the feasibility of an Internet-based cognitive rehabilitation program for individuals with acquired brain injuries and memory impairment. Methods: Participants were 10 individuals with a history of an acquired brain injury and documented memory impairment. All participants received training in how to use a secure IM system. They were then scheduled to log into the system weekly to participate in online cognitive rehabilitation therapy sessions over the Internet. Treatment focused on training to use a calendar system aimed at improving accuracy and efficiency in home and work tasks. Participants underwent assessment of cognitive function, psychological status, level of functioning and use of compensation techniques both pre- and post-treatment. Results: All participants were able to learn to use the IM system. Only two of the 10 participants missed any planned sessions, despite severe memory impairments. Conclusions: Individuals with a history of an acquired brain injury with concomitant memory impairment appear to be able to learn how to successfully use an Internet-based cognitive rehabilitation program. Future research will assess whether participation in this Internet based cognitive rehabilitation program results in improved daily functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)891-897
Number of pages7
JournalBrain Injury
Volume22
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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