Cognitive rehabilitation

Fish, J. and McKnight, P. (2021) Cognitive rehabilitation. In: Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Elsevier. ISBN 9780128093245 (doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819641-0.00140-7)

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Cognitive impairment is common in people with neurological conditions and can be highly disabling, distressing for the person as well as their relatives and friends, and contribute to difficulties adjusting to the condition. The term cognitive rehabilitation refers to practices intended to reduce the impairment itself, or to reduce the impact of the impairment on day-to-day life and thus support the person affected to achieve their optimal level of function and social participation. It often forms part of neurorehabilitation, or neuropsychological rehabilitation. There is good evidence that multidisciplinary approaches to rehabilitation are effective, and neuropsychologists make an important contribution to this rehabilitation for people with cognitive deficits to ensure that their cognitive needs are understood and accommodated. Unfortunately, there is little evidence that cognitive function can be restored through repetitive cognitive training. However, there is a large body of research indicating that compensatory approaches to cognitive rehabilitation can help people with cognitive impairment to achieve important functionally relevant goals, and to improve participation in social and community contexts.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fish, Dr Jessica
Authors: Fish, J., and McKnight, P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Research Group:Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group
Published Online:24 April 2021

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