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Front Psychol. 2017 May 22;8:825. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00825. eCollection 2017.

Cognitive Effects of ThinkRx Cognitive Rehabilitation Training for Eleven Soldiers with Brain Injury: A Retrospective Chart Review.

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1
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, ShreveportLA, United States.
2
Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research, Colorado SpringsCO, United States.
3
Research and Development, LearningRx, Colorado SpringsCO, United States.

Abstract

Cognitive rehabilitation training is a promising technique for remediating the cognitive deficits associated with brain injury. Extant research is dominated by computer-based interventions with varied results. Results from clinician-delivered cognitive rehabilitation are notably lacking in the literature. The current study examined the cognitive outcomes following ThinkRx, a clinician-delivered cognitive rehabilitation training program for soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury. In a retrospective chart review, we examined cognitive outcomes of 11 cases who had completed an average of 80 h of ThinkRx cognitive rehabilitation training delivered by clinicians and supplemented with digital training exercises. Outcome measures included scores from six cognitive skill batteries on the Woodcock Johnson - III Tests of Cognitive Abilities. Participants achieved gains in all cognitive skills tested and achieved statistically significant changes in long-term memory, processing speed, auditory processing, and fluid reasoning with very large effect sizes. Clinically significant changes in multiple cognitive skills were also noted across cases. Results of the study suggest that ThinkRx clinician-delivered cognitive training supplemented with digital exercises may be a viable method for targeting the cognitive deficits associated with brain injury.

KEYWORDS:

IQ; Memory; cognitive rehabilitation; cognitive training; neuroplasticity; processing speed; traumatic brain injury (TBI)

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