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Brain Inj. 2005 Dec;19(13):1157-64.

Rehabilitation of verbal working memory after left hemisphere stroke.

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  • 1Antenne UEROS-UGECAN, Service de Rééducation Neurologique, Hôpital Raymond Poincaré, Garches, France. claire.vallat@rpc.ap.hp.fr

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

To assess a rehabilitation programme of working memory.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Single case multiple-baseline-across-behaviour design in a patient with chronic stroke suffering from a specific impairment of working memory.

METHODS:

Rehabilitation included training of storage and processing components of verbal working memory. Outcome was assessed with specific working memory tests, non-specific tasks requiring working memory, non-target tasks not requiring working memory and questionnaires addressing daily-life functioning. This assessment was performed twice before the experimental therapy and once after.

RESULTS:

Cognitive measures were stable before therapy. A statistically significant improvement was found for target measures and for daily-life skills. In contrast, no change was found on non-target tasks.

CONCLUSION:

Improvement was not apparently related to spontaneous recovery, since performance was stable before therapy. This study suggests that specific cognitive training may improve working memory in patients with brain injury.

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