Use of an electronic cognitive aid by a person with Korsakoff syndrome

E.A. de Joode, M.P.J. van Boxtel, P. Hartjes, F.R.J. Verhey, C.M. van Heugten*

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Objective: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the feasibility and the effectiveness of the use of a customized personal digital assistant (PDA) to support cognitive functioning in a person with Korsakoff syndrome. Method: The PDA was compared with no external support and the use of a memory watch in a single case experimental design. Three main personal goal tasks were defined: "arrive at appointments on time", "execute a long-term task successfully", and "remember to ask for medication". Results: No significant differences were found between the use of the memory watch and the use of the customized PDA. PDA use was perceived as feasible and effective and was considered as a more comprehensive aid than the memory watch. Conclusion: This study shows that a person with Korsakoff syndrome is able to use and benefit from a customized PDA. Replication of these findings in a larger effectiveness study is necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-453
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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