Sharp Brains: Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Retooling cognitive rehabilitation for patients with traumatic brain injury

Our col­league Kate Sul­li­van, who led a superb Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit work­shop on How to Set Up a Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter to Enhance Cog­ni­tive Retrain­ing and Reha­bil­i­ta­tion, based on her expe­ri­ence at Wal­ter Reed Nation­al Mil­i­tary Med­ical Cen­ter, just alert­ed us of a new study pre­pared by her team: Out­comes from a Pilot Study using Com­put­er-Based Reha­bil­i­ta­tive Tools in a Mil­i­tary Pop­u­la­tion (Stud­ies in Health Tech­nol­o­gy and Infor­mat­ics).

  • Abstract: Nov­el ther­a­peu­tic approach­es and out­come data are need­ed for cog­ni­tive reha­bil­i­ta­tion for patients with a trau­mat­ic brain injury; com­put­er-based pro­grams may play a crit­i­cal role in fill­ing exist­ing knowl­edge gaps. Brain-fit­ness com­put­er pro­grams can com­ple­ment exist­ing ther­a­pies, max­i­mize neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, pro­vide treat­ment beyond the clin­ic, and deliv­er objec­tive effi­ca­cy data. How­ev­er, these approach­es have not been exten­sive­ly stud­ied in the mil­i­tary and trau­mat­ic brain injury pop­u­la­tion. Wal­ter Reed Nation­al Mil­i­tary Med­ical Cen­ter estab­lished its Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter (BFC) in 2008 as an adjunct to tra­di­tion­al cog­ni­tive ther­a­pies for wound­ed war­riors. The BFC offers com­mer­cial­ly avail­able “brain-train­ing” prod­ucts for mil­i­tary Ser­vice Mem­bers to use in a sup­port­ive, struc­tured envi­ron­ment. Over 250 Ser­vice Mem­bers have uti­lized this ther­a­peu­tic inter­ven­tion. Each patient receives sub­jec­tive assess­ments pre and post BFC par­tic­i­pa­tion includ­ing the Mayo-Port­land Adapt­abil­i­ty Inventory‑4 (MPAI‑4), the Neu­robe­hav­ioral Symp­tom Inven­to­ry (NBSI), and the Sat­is­fac­tion with Life Scale (SWLS). A review of the first 29 BFC par­tic­i­pants, who fin­ished ini­tial and repeat mea­sures, was com­plet­ed to deter­mine the effec­tive­ness of the BFC pro­gram. Two of the three ques­tion­naires of self-report­ed symp­tom change com­plet­ed before and after par­tic­i­pa­tion in the BFC revealed a sta­tis­ti­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in symp­tom sever­i­ty based on MPAI and NBSI total scores (p < .05). There were no sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences in the SWLS score. Despite the typ­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions of a ret­ro­spec­tive chart review, such as vari­a­tion in treat­ment pro­ce­dures, pre­lim­i­nary results reveal a trend towards improved self-report­ed cog­ni­tive and func­tion­al symp­toms.

To Learn More

Pic: cour­tesy of Kate Suli­van

Leave a Reply...

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply

Categories: Cognitive Neuroscience, Health & Wellness, Technology

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

About SharpBrains

As seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, CNN, Reuters,  SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking how brain science can improve our health and our lives.

Search in our archives

Follow us and Engage via…

RSS Feed

Watch All Recordings Now (40+ Speakers, 12+ Hours)