Technological memory aid use by people with acquired brain injury

Jamieson, M., Cullen, B. , McGee-Lennon, M., Brewster, S. and Evans, J. (2017) Technological memory aid use by people with acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 27(6), pp. 919-936. (doi:10.1080/09602011.2015.1103760) (PMID:26509889)

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Abstract

Evans, Wilson, Needham, and Brentnall (2003) investigated memory aid use by people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and found little use of technological memory aids. The present study aims to investigate use of technological and other memory aids and strategies 10 years on, and investigate what predicts use. People with ABI and self-reported memory impairments (n = 81) completed a survey containing a memory aid checklist, demographic questions and memory questionnaires. Chi-square analysis showed that 10 of 18 memory aids and strategies were used by significantly more people in the current sample than in Evans et al. (2003). The most commonly used strategies were leaving things in noticeable places (86%) and mental retracing of steps (77%). The most commonly used memory aids were asking someone to remind you (78%), diaries (77%), lists (78%), and calendars (79%) and the most common technologies used were mobile phone reminders (38%) and alarms/timers (38%). Younger people who used more technology prior to their injury and who use more non-technological memory aids currently were more likely to use technology. Younger people who used more memory aids and strategies prior to their injury and who rated their memory as poorer were more likely to use all types of memory aids and strategies.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper was written during a doctorate studentship which is funded by the Medical Research Council.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGee-Lennon, Dr Marilyn and Jamieson, Dr Matthew and Evans, Professor Jonathan and Cullen, Dr Breda
Authors: Jamieson, M., Cullen, B., McGee-Lennon, M., Brewster, S., and Evans, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:0960-2011
ISSN (Online):1464-0694
Published Online:28 October 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 2015
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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