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Using talking lights to assist brain-injured patients with daily inpatient therapeutic schedule.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11346450     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To test the ability of patients with brain injury to use a patient locator and minder (PLAM) system to assist in their adherence to therapy schedules. PARTICIPANTS: Five patients with acquired brain injury who were inpatients on an acute rehabilitation floor of a rehabilitation hospital. MEASURES: The number of human prompts necessary to direct a patient to, and ensure arrival at, a scheduled therapy destination and the proportion of therapy sessions requiring no prompting was measured both before and after the introduction of the PLAM system. RESULTS: With the PLAM system, the average number of human prompts dropped by more than 50%, and the number of sessions requiring no prompting increased from 7% to 44%. CONCLUSION: The PLAM system described in this article seems feasible and useful for patients with acquired brain injury in assisting them with arrival at their therapy destinations without the assistance of staff.
D T Burke; S B Leeb; R T Hinman; E C Lupton; J Burke; J C Schneider; B Ahangar; K Simpson; E A Kanoalani Mayer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0885-9701     ISO Abbreviation:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-10     Completed Date:  2001-07-19     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702552     Medline TA:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Appointments and Schedules*
Brain Injuries / rehabilitation*
Feasibility Studies
Hospital Units
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Regression Analysis
Rehabilitation Centers
Reminder Systems / standards*
Grant Support

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