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Indian J Psychol Med. 2014 Jan;36(1):40-4. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.127246.

Silent Epidemic: The Effects of Neurofeedback on Quality-of-Life.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
  • 3Department of Biostatistics, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The complex interaction of human, vehicle and environmental factors along with a lack of sustainable preventive programs has contributed to the "silent epidemic" of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBI poses a grave threat to the quality-of-life (QOL).

AIM:

The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of neurofeedback in QOL in patients with TBI.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Pre- and post-interventional study design was adopted. Sixty patients, 30 in the intervention group (IG) and 30 in waitlist group with the diagnosis of TBI in the age range of 18-49 years were assessed on QOL scale, after obtaining the informed consent. Patients in the IG were given 20 sessions of alpha-theta neurofeedback training (NFT), 5 sessions / week.

STATISTICS ANALYSIS:

Descriptive statistics, Spearman's correlation, Mann-Whitney and Chi-squared test was used.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Patients in the IG showed statistical improvements in QOL post post-neurofeedback. Results are encouraging for the incorporation of NFT into treatment programs for patients with TBI in improving QOL.

KEYWORDS:

Neurofeedback training; quality-of-life; traumatic brain injury

PMID:
24701008
PMCID:
PMC3959017
DOI:
10.4103/0253-7176.127246
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