Short Tilte:Telerehabilitation, cognition and user-accessibility
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):03, 18, 2, 171-177
Article presents a study conducted to: (1) build an Internet-based virtual rehabilitation center (VRC) that provides rehabilitation, education, and support to individuals with traumatic brain injury; and (2) determine the relationships between the nature and severity of the participants' cognitive impairments and their ability to use the VRC. All 8 participants were administered the Neurobehavioral Cognitive Status Exam (NBCSE) to assess their level of consciousness, orientation, and intellectual functioning. The VRC modules consisted of reaction time, functional modules, and communication capabilities. All participants learned how to use the VRC although learning rates varied. Those requiring more trials to acquisition showed greater cognitive impairment in the construction, reasoning, calculation and language subtests of the NBCSE than those requiring fewer trials. One case study demonstrates how learning on the VRC was generalized to the community.