The Use of Palmtop Computers as Memory Aids for University Students with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163138
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Use of Palmtop Computers as Memory Aids for University Students with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Author(s):
Mateo, Magdalena A.
Author Details:
Magdalena A. Mateo, RN, PhD, FAAN, Northeastern University, Needham, Massachusetts, USA, email: m.mateo@neu.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine differences in accomplishing randomly assigned time dependent tasks over an 8-week period when subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) use the PalmZ22 Handheld palmtop computer, an electronic memory aid, as opposed to not using a palmtop computer. Theoretical Framework: MTBI has long term consequences on the economic and emotional status of the individual and on family relationships because of impairment in cognitive abilities. Ongoing problems of cognition contribute to a person's inability to return to pre-injury activities that can affect performance in school, social relationships, employment, and daily function. Symptoms of MTBI are often subtle therefore early intervention is often neglected. A frequent and debilitating impairment following MTBI is a deficit in prospective memory, the ability to recall and act upon time-dependent information to achieve one's goals. Successful use of portable electronic memory aids for prospective memory deficits has been reported. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): A crossover repeated measures study will be used to determine differences in the effectiveness of accomplishing randomly assigned time dependent tasks over an 8-week period when the PalmZ22 is used as opposed to not used. The "calendar" scheduling application will sound alarm cues five minutes before an assigned task of placing a telephone call to a research voicemail account. University students (n=20) ages 18 to 40 with a history of MTBI within the last three years will be recruited by advertisement. Participants will perform 10 call-in tasks per week at predetermined, randomly assigned times. Difference in the rate of completion of assigned call-in tasks will be analyzed compared to palmtop computer memory aid usage versus non-usage condition using logistic regression for grouped data (where the group is the week). Results: Study is in progress. Conclusions and Implications: Successful strategies can assist remediation of prospective memory deficits, fostering self-sufficiency and capacity for independent living.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Use of Palmtop Computers as Memory Aids for University Students with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuryen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMateo, Magdalena A.en_US
dc.author.detailsMagdalena A. Mateo, RN, PhD, FAAN, Northeastern University, Needham, Massachusetts, USA, email: m.mateo@neu.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163138-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study is to determine differences in accomplishing randomly assigned time dependent tasks over an 8-week period when subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) use the PalmZ22 Handheld palmtop computer, an electronic memory aid, as opposed to not using a palmtop computer. Theoretical Framework: MTBI has long term consequences on the economic and emotional status of the individual and on family relationships because of impairment in cognitive abilities. Ongoing problems of cognition contribute to a person's inability to return to pre-injury activities that can affect performance in school, social relationships, employment, and daily function. Symptoms of MTBI are often subtle therefore early intervention is often neglected. A frequent and debilitating impairment following MTBI is a deficit in prospective memory, the ability to recall and act upon time-dependent information to achieve one's goals. Successful use of portable electronic memory aids for prospective memory deficits has been reported. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): A crossover repeated measures study will be used to determine differences in the effectiveness of accomplishing randomly assigned time dependent tasks over an 8-week period when the PalmZ22 is used as opposed to not used. The "calendar" scheduling application will sound alarm cues five minutes before an assigned task of placing a telephone call to a research voicemail account. University students (n=20) ages 18 to 40 with a history of MTBI within the last three years will be recruited by advertisement. Participants will perform 10 call-in tasks per week at predetermined, randomly assigned times. Difference in the rate of completion of assigned call-in tasks will be analyzed compared to palmtop computer memory aid usage versus non-usage condition using logistic regression for grouped data (where the group is the week). Results: Study is in progress. Conclusions and Implications: Successful strategies can assist remediation of prospective memory deficits, fostering self-sufficiency and capacity for independent living.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:02:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:02:00Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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