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Enhancing an appointment diary on a pocket computer for use by people after brain injury

Wright, Patricia, Rogers, N., Hall, C., Wilson, B., Evans, J. and Emslie, H. 2001. Enhancing an appointment diary on a pocket computer for use by people after brain injury. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 24 (4) , pp. 299-308. 10.1097/00004356-200112000-00006

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People with memory loss resulting from brain injury benefit from purpose-designed memory aids such as appointment diaries on pocket computers. The present study explores the effects of extending the range of memory aids and including games. For 2 months, 12 people who had sustained brain injury were loaned a pocket computer containing three purpose-designed memory aids: diary, notebook and to-do list. A month later they were given another computer with the same memory aids but a different method of text entry (physical keyboard or touch-screen keyboard). Machine order was counterbalanced across participants. Assessment was by interviews during the loan periods, rating scales, performance tests and computer log files. All participants could use the memory aids and ten people (83%) found them very useful. Correlations among the three memory aids were not significant, suggesting individual variation in how they were used. Games did not increase use of the memory aids, nor did loan of the preferred pocket computer (with physical keyboard). Significantly more diary entries were made by people who had previously used other memory aids, suggesting that a better understanding of how to use a range of memory aids could benefit some people with brain injury.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: assistive technology; brain injury; memory aids
Publisher: European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation
ISSN: 0342-5282
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:50

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