Evaluating the Efficacy of Tele-Cognitive Rehabilitation for Functional Performance in Three Case StudiesBy Tam, S.; Man, W. K.; Hui-Chan, C. W. Y.; Lau, A.; Yip, B.; Cheung, W.; Occupational Therapy International, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 20-38
Publication Date: 2003
Study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness the customized tele-cognitive rehabilitation program, which utilizes customized online computer software for treatment purposes. The software is operated on an interactive tele-communication platform such as video conferencing with screen sharing. Therapists can utilize such a system to provide treatment to clients so that they can improve their cognitive skills via treatment software. Hypermedia programming techniques can also allow therapists to adjust the software to meet clients’ individual needs, as the software can customize immediate visual, auditory, and personalized feedback for each client. Three people with traumatic brain injury participated in the study, which utilized Chinese word recognition, prospective memory, and semantic memory. The study consisted of a no-intervention baseline phase, an intervention phase, and a no-intervention withdrawal phase. Six sessions were conducted in each phase. Tele-cognitive rehabilitation software was customized according to each participant’s cognitive functional needs, while the researchers monitored changes in cognitive functions via assessment and qualitative questionnaires through interviews. The participants were found to demonstrate trends of cognitive performance improvement during the treatment phase. Implications for future research are discussed.
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