R2 Projects

R2 Determining the efficacy of a mobile telerehabilitation portal for delivery of cognitive and vocational rehabilitation

Task Leader(s):

Michael McCue, PhD


Michelle Sporner, MS; Roger Little, MS, Michael Pramuka, PhD

Project Overview:

The overall goal of this task will be to implement the mobile TR applications, developed over the first two years of the RERC under D1, using single case study design to document functional outcomes in remote rehabilitation services across three activities: 1) applied cognitive rehabilitation (ACR); 2) Follow-up Cognitive Rehabilitation/Case Management, and 3) job coaching. We chose these three activities because they represent specific, real rehabilitation activities with limited resources under current face-to-face modalities, and may be better served by a TR application. This will include a curriculum educating participants on brain health and cognitive function, guided assessments of their environment and their everyday function to identify current obstacles, serve as a substrate for a variety of cognitive accommodations, and provide options to identify and track personal goals, progress toward them.


Single Case Study Design

Expected Findings and Deliverables:

Project Update


Once the change in time frames was approved, moving up the start date of R2 to 10/1/2010, we initiated work on this project. The methodology and approach have been finalized for Study 1. The study involves three separate, but interrelated research protocols to evaluate the usability, reliability, and efficacy of telerehabilitation for the delivery of cognitive rehabilitation. In order to establish a baseline efficacy of a cognitive rehabilitation protocol, a study will be conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a 15-week Ecologically Oriented Rehabilitation of Memory (EON-MEM) protocol. Clinical usability, accessibility, and standardization will be assessed through participatory development and cognitive walkthroughs designed to evaluate the functionality of the telerehabilitation portal. A quasi experimental study in which participants are stratified into a treatment group and matched to a no-contact control group will evaluate the efficacy of telerehabilitation for the delivery of the 15-week EON-MEM.
We are currently developing the IRB for this study.




This project is not scheduled to begin until Year 3 of the award




Journal of Telerehabilitation


D3 video screen on YouTube

TeleWellness: Interactive Mobile Health and Rehabilitation



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