Electronic assistive technology to support memory function after traumatic brain injury: A systematic review of efficacy and user perspectives

Published 14th March 2023

Authors: Tamara Ownsworth, Jessie Mitchell, Janelle Griffin, Ryan Bell, Emily Gibson, and Camila Shirota


Rapid advances in technology have led to a wide range of assistive technology (AT) options becoming available for use in memory rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hopkins researchers, in collaboration with Metro South Health clinician-researchers, conducted a systematic review to evaluate the efficacy of electronic AT for supporting phases of memory in daily life after TBI. This review has been published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. 

Jessie Mitchell presented the findings a recent Hopkins Hour virtual seminar, including a summary of the effectiveness of AT for supporting people’s ability to plan ahead, retain new information and carry out future tasks. As part of this review, the team developed a framework of user characteristics and design features that influence the uptake and effectiveness of AT for supporting memory-related function. The framework has valuable practical implications in terms of how AT is designed and how it can be personalised for individual users in clinical practice.

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