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  RETURN TO DRIVING AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY - Part II Guest Editors: Bruno Gradenigo, Anna Mazzucchi Freefree

Europa Medicophysica 2002 March;38(1):39-44

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Rehabilitation of TBI using RehaCom

Schuster B.

From the Schuhfried Ltd, Moedling, Austria


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As cog­ni­tive dis­or­ders are the ­most fre­quent con­se­quences of ­brain ­damage, the ­need of ther­a­peutic instru­ments for ­patients ­with trau­matic ­head and ­brain inju­ries is ­rather ­great. Spe­cial com­puter-­aided ther­a­peutic pro­ce­dures ­have ­been par­tic­u­larly devel­oped for ­this ­area ­with the aim to influ­ence cog­ni­tive defi­cien­cies, ­above all, in the ­fields of atten­tion, ­memory, and ­problem ­solving. ­RehaCom ­dates ­back to 1986. The ­training ­with a com­puter ­brings ­about the fol­lowing advan­tages: indi­vid­u­al­iza­tion, adap­ta­tion, con­ti­nuity, ­case con­trol, flex­ibility, dis­or­ders spe­cific ­training, con­fir­ma­tion/feed­back, stan­dard­ized con­di­tions, effi­ciency and ­economy, appro­priate ­input ­device. The pos­sible ­training dimen­sions are: Atten­tion, ­ability to con­cen­trate and vig­i­lance. ­Memory and ­learning ­ability. Log­ical ­thinking. Spa­tial imag­i­na­tion. Reac­tive ­behavior. ­Visual-­motor coor­di­na­tion. ­Visual-con­struc­tive abil­ities. ­Problem ­solving and ­strategy devel­op­ment. ­Field of ­vision. ­Studies of effec­tive­ness ­shows ­transfer ­effect of ­first ­order (­Training ­effect: Pre-­post-com­par­ison ­with ­tests meas­uring the ­same func­tion as the ­training pro­ce­dure), ­transfer ­effect of ­second ­order (Gen­er­al­iza­tion ­effect: Pre-­post-com­par­ison ­with ­tests meas­uring ­other func­tion as ­have ­been ­trained), ­transfer ­effect of ­third ­order (­effect on activ­ities of ­daily ­life).

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