The use of assistive technology for cognition to support the performance of daily activities for individuals with cognitive disabilities due to traumatic brain injury: The current state of the research

Anne Leopold, Anna Lourie, Hanno Petras, Eileen Elias

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are young and could have many years of productivity ahead of them. However, cognitive impairments may hinder individuals' ability to perform daily tasks. Assistive technology for cognition (ATC) can be effective in helping compensate for cognitive impairments. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the current state of the research on using ATCs to support daily activities for individuals with cognitive disabilities that are due to TBI. METHODS: A comprehensive systematic literature search was performed to identify peer-reviewed articles published between 2000 and 2015. To evaluate the nature of the research, qualitative data were extracted pertaining to recruitment, participant characteristics, intervention design, type of ATCs and their functions, matching individuals with ATCs, training for using the ATC, and outcomes. RESULTS: Research examining the effectiveness of ATCs as everyday compensatory tools for cognitive impairments that are due to TBI is limited. The majority of studies were case studies or quasi-experimental studies with small sample sizes. Studies showed positive associations between use of ATCs and individuals' abilities to perform tasks regardless of age, TBI severity, and time since injury. CONCLUSIONS: Future research should assess the match between the individual and the technology, study the impact of training on using ATCs, and analyze the usability of ATCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-378
Number of pages20
JournalNeuroRehabilitation
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2015

Keywords

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • assistive technology for cognition
  • cognitive impairments
  • daily activities
  • literature review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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