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Title: Rehabilitation of problem-solving planning and reasoning after traumatic brain injury and assessment of capacity to take part in research in people with acquired brain injury
Author: Gressani, Rosita
ISNI:       0000 0004 6063 1904
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis consists of two volumes: a clinical and a research volume. The clinical volume contains five clinical practice reports; the research volume contains a systematic review and an empirical study. The systematic review explores the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation of problem-solving, planning and reasoning in people with traumatic brain injury. The findings suggest that Short-Term Executive Plus (STEP) can decrease executive dysfunction and improve problem-solving, however, more research would strengthen the findings. Evidence for the use of ‘gist reasoning’ training is growing. Training multitasking remains an approach with insufficient evidence to support it. Finally, although the findings in relation to telephone counselling seem promising, more research could help to clarify its effectiveness. The empirical study aimed to establish whether the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) adds to the predictive potential of three tests of executive function in the assessment of capacity to take part in research in people with acquired brain injury. Stroop errors on the inhibition task and Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) total errors emerged as potential screening tools; the IGT was not among the predictors. Suggestions for future research are provided. Replication with a larger sample is needed to confirm the findings.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine ; RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology