Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on American Soldiers' Memory with Technological Cognitive Aids: A Summative Assessment

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621157
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Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
DNP Capstone Project
Level of Evidence:
Other
Research Approach:
Other
Title:
Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on American Soldiers' Memory with Technological Cognitive Aids: A Summative Assessment
Author(s):
Smith, Tammy Rae
Additional Author Information:
Tammy R. Smith, DNP(c), MSN, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC
Advisors:
Nogueras, Debra J.; Manty, JoAnn; Schuetz, Terri
Degree:
DNP
Degree Year:
2016
Grantor:
Capella University
Abstract:

The purpose of this project was to evaluate an 8-week technology-based intervention involving the use of personal computer applications (i.e., “apps”) to improve memory after mild traumatic brain injury among 10 Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom male soldiers. Mild traumatic brain injury is the signature injury for these Veterans. The Veterans Affairs approved apps were loaded onto tablet PCs and given to the participants. Participants completed the Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) memory tool prior to and after the intervention. Participants were instructed to utilize the apps at least one hour per week and were contacted weekly to inquire about usage. The mean app usage per week was 4.30 hours. App usage ranged from a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 6 hours each week.  Participants showed significant pre- to post-intervention improvements in memory, as measured by the SLUMS test, t(9) = -3.35, p = .009. The mean SLUMS score at pre-intervention was 20.20, increasing over four points to 24.30 at post-intervention.  Participants displayed pre- to post-intervention increases in memory, as measured by the object identification test, t(9) = -2.57, p = .030. Prior to the intervention, participants recalled an average of 2.30 out of 5 objects; at post-intervention, they recalled an average of 3.50 out of 5 objects.

Keywords: traumatic brain injury, OEF/OIF Veterans, memory rehabilitation + Traumatic Brain Injury, and external memory aids.

 

Keywords:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI); Memory improvement; Rehabilitation
CINAHL Headings:
Brain Injuries; Brain Injuries--Rehabilitation; Assistive Technology Devices; Technology; Memory Disorders--Rehabilitation; Veterans
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This work has been approved through a faculty review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
Repository Posting Date:
2016-11-21T15:16:47Z
Date of Publication:
2016-11-21

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dc.contributor.advisorNogueras, Debra J.en
dc.contributor.advisorManty, JoAnnen
dc.contributor.advisorSchuetz, Terrien
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Tammy Raeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-21T15:16:47Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-21T15:16:47Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-21-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621157-
dc.description.abstract<p>The purpose of this project was to evaluate an 8-week technology-based intervention involving the use of personal computer applications (i.e., “apps”) to improve memory after mild traumatic brain injury among 10 Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom male soldiers. Mild traumatic brain injury is the signature injury for these Veterans. The Veterans Affairs approved apps were loaded onto tablet PCs and given to the participants. Participants completed the Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) memory tool prior to and after the intervention. Participants were instructed to utilize the apps at least one hour per week and were contacted weekly to inquire about usage. The mean app usage per week was 4.30 hours. App usage ranged from a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 6 hours each week.  Participants showed significant pre- to post-intervention improvements in memory, as measured by the SLUMS test, t(9) = -3.35, p = .009. The mean SLUMS score at pre-intervention was 20.20, increasing over four points to 24.30 at post-intervention.  Participants displayed pre- to post-intervention increases in memory, as measured by the object identification test, t(9) = -2.57, p = .030. Prior to the intervention, participants recalled an average of 2.30 out of 5 objects; at post-intervention, they recalled an average of 3.50 out of 5 objects.</p> <p><em>Keywords: traumatic brain injury, OEF/OIF Veterans, memory rehabilitation + Traumatic Brain Injury, and external memory aids.</em></p> <p> </p>en
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectTraumatic brain injury (TBI)en
dc.subjectMemory improvementen
dc.subjectRehabilitationen
dc.titleImpact of Traumatic Brain Injury on American Soldiers' Memory with Technological Cognitive Aids: A Summative Assessmenten_US
dc.typeDNP Capstone Projecten
thesis.degree.grantorCapella Universityen
thesis.degree.levelDNPen
dc.description.noteThis work has been approved through a faculty review process prior to its posting in the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.-
dc.primary-author.detailsTammy R. Smith, DNP(c), MSN, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BCen
thesis.degree.year2016en
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.evidence.levelOtheren
dc.research.approachOtheren
dc.subject.cinahlBrain Injuriesen
dc.subject.cinahlBrain Injuries--Rehabilitationen
dc.subject.cinahlAssistive Technology Devicesen
dc.subject.cinahlTechnologyen
dc.subject.cinahlMemory Disorders--Rehabilitationen
dc.subject.cinahlVeteransen
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