The use of a smartwatch as a prompting device for people with acquired brain injury: a single case experimental design study

Jamieson, M., Monastra, M., Gillies, G., Manolov, R., Cullen, B. , McGee-Lennon, M., Brewster, S. and Evans, J. (2017) The use of a smartwatch as a prompting device for people with acquired brain injury: a single case experimental design study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, (doi:10.1080/09602011.2017.1310658) (PMID:28425328) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Prompting based memory compensation is a potential application for smartwatches. This study investigated the usability and efficacy of a Moto360 smartwatch as a memory aid. Four community dwelling adults with memory difficulties following ABI were included in an ABA single case experimental design study. Performance of everyday memory tasks was tested over six weeks with the smartwatch and software provided during weeks three and four. Participants were asked to use their usual memory aids and strategies during the control phases (weeks 1-2, 5-6). Three participants successfully used the smartwatch throughout the intervention weeks and gave positive usability ratings. A fourth participant experienced a seizure and subsequently left the study before the intervention phase. Three participants showed improved memory performance when using the smartwatch. NAP analysis showed a non-significant small increase in memory performance between baseline and intervention phases (mean NAP = 0.1, p = 0.84). There was a larger, significant decline between the intervention and return to baseline (mean NAP = 0.58, p < 0.01). The use of off-the-shelf smartwatch device and software was feasible for people with ABI in the community. It was effective compared to practice as usual, although this was only apparent on withdrawal of the device.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGee-Lennon, Dr Marilyn and Jamieson, Dr Matthew and Evans, Professor Jonathan and Brewster, Professor Stephen and Cullen, Dr Breda
Authors: Jamieson, M., Monastra, M., Gillies, G., Manolov, R., 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:20 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 2017
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
606411MRC Doctoral Training Grant 2012-16Margaret MacLeanMedical Research Council (MRC)MR/K500847/1RI CARDIOVASCULAR & MEDICAL SCIENCES