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J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2002 Dec;17(6):556-70.

Use of a portable voice organizer to remember therapy goals in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation: a within-subjects trial.

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Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. thart@einstein.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test the efficacy of a portable voice organizer in helping people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to recall therapy goals and plans discussed with their clinical case managers.

DESIGN:

Prospective within-subjects trial, in which individualized therapy goals were randomly assigned to intervention or no intervention.

SETTING:

Comprehensive postacute TBI rehabilitation program.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ten people with moderate to severe TBI enrolled from 3 months to 18 years after injury.

OUTCOME MEASURE:

Memory for therapy goals. Clinicians generated statements describing six current therapy goals, half of which were randomly assigned to be recorded on a voice organizer during the next case management session. Participants selected three times per day to listen to the recorded goals, prompted by an alarm. One-week recall was tested using both free- and cued-recall formats.

RESULTS:

Recorded goals were recalled better than unrecorded goals and appeared to be associated with better awareness or follow-through with therapy objectives.

CONCLUSION:

Portable electronic devices have the potential to assist with treatment areas beyond tasks involving prospective memory.

PMID:
12802246
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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