The use of standard calendar software by individuals with acquired brain injury and cognitive complaints: a mixed methods study

E.A. de Joode, I. Proot, K. Slegers, C. van Heugten, F. Verhey, M. van Boxtel

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PURPOSE: To explore the actual use of standard calendar software by people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and healthy individuals. METHOD: Mixed methods design with qualitative and quantitative analyses of the respondents' use of calendar software. Fifteen individuals with ABI and 15 healthy participants were enrolled. Participants were asked to execute five consecutive tasks using standard calendar software, which resembled everyday use of an electronic calendar. RESULTS: The core processes "task execution" and "information processing" were influenced by internal factors (cognitive and emotional processes and fatigue) as well as environmental factors (software features and distractions). Results obtained by qualitative and quantitative methods showed similar reaction patterns in both groups. However, ABI patients had more cognitive problems and showed stronger emotions during task performance than healthy participants. Healthy participants were more successful and needed less time and mental effort to perform a task. CONCLUSIONS: Although ABI patients were able to use standard calendar software, they became upset more easily, needed more effort, became tired sooner and more suddenly. Strategies to support ABI patients in the use of calendar software are suggested from multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-398
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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