Prospective memory rehabilitation for adults with traumatic brain injury: A compensatory training programme Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To describe a prospective memory rehabilitation programme based on a compensatory training approach and report the results of three case studies. RESEARCH DESIGN: Programme evaluation using pre- and post-intervention assessments and telephone follow-up. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Three participants with traumatic brain injury completed 8 weeks of training with 1-2 hour individual sessions. Assessments were formal prospective memory assessment, self-report and measures of diary use. EXPERIMENTAL INTERVENTIONS: Intervention aimed to identify potential barriers, establish self-awareness of memory deficits, introduce a customized compensatory tool, a cueing system and organizational strategies. A significant other was involved in training to assist generalization. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: All three participants improved on formal prospective memory assessment and demonstrated successful diary use after the programme. Self-report of prospective memory failure fluctuated and may reflect increased self-awareness. CONCLUSION: A compensatory approach may be useful in improving prospective memory performance following TBI.

publication date

  • January 2005