Electronic Versus Paper Reminders for Remembering After Brain Injury

Electronic Versus Paper Reminders for Remembering After Brain Injury

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Electronic Reminding Technology Following Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects on Timely Task Completion (2011)

MM, Lee, PH, Sheer, JB, O'Neil-Pirozzi, TM, Xenopoulos-Oddsson, A, Goldstein, R, Zainea, KL, & Glenn, MB. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26(5), pp 339-347.

This study demonstrates that the use of Personal Digital Devices (PDAs) can help a person with brain injury remember to complete tasks. The use of an electronic device was more successful than using paper-based methods for remembering. The electronic device with the loudest alarm worked the best.

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Posted on BrainLine October 13, 2011.

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The challenge is the memory deficient individual needs to remember to use the device or paper. Developing these new skills can be problematic. I use the three alarms available on my cell phone as aids. I have to keep the cell phone on a lanyard around my neck so I don't lose it. I can't note the reason for the alarm. PDA's are just to many steps to use effectively. Those with slow memory decline can be taught to use these aids while their memory is still functioning at a better level. It take serious introspection to decide that memory is declining and the memory aids need to be practice before reaching the critical point of memory loss. This is not available to those of us with mTBI or TBI.