Rehabilitation of attention in two patients with traumatic brain injury by means of 'attention process training'

Sergio Pero, Chiara Incoccia, Barbara Caracciolo, Pierluigi Zoccolotti, Rita Formisano

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Abstract

Primary objective: This case study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the Solhberg and Mateer's Attention Process Training (APT) using a comprehensive evaluation of various attentional processes. Methods and procedures: Two patients with severe traumatic brain injury were given the APT in a chronic phase. Attentional processes were evaluated at various stages before, during and after treatment, using the Testbatterie zur Aufmerksamkeitsprufung and the Test of everyday attention. Main outcomes and results: Both patients showed some degree of recovery, particularly in attentional tasks with a selective component. Lesser improvement was present in the case of tasks mapping on the intensity dimension of attention (alertness, vigilance). Training achievements were confirmed by the use of a functional scale evaluating attention, pointing to the generality of improvements. Conclusion: The results indicate selective training effects of APT on the attentional disturbances of TBI patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1207-1219
Number of pages13
JournalBrain Injury
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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Keywords

  • Attention
  • Brain injury
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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