A web-based videoconferencing approach to training caregivers in rural areas to compensate for problems related to traumatic brain injury
Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2009, vol. 24, issue 4, pp 248-261
Objective: To describe the development and the implementation of a Web-based, videoconferencing training program for caregivers of adults with traumatic brain injury in rural areas to manage cognitive and behavioral changes inthe person with the injury. Design: Feasibility study, with satisfaction and perceived utility assessed. Intervention: Six
Web-based vidcoconference sessions. combining didactic education and interactive problem-solving. Participants: Fifteen caregivers of persons with complicated mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injury, who were admitted to a level HI trauma center in a rural area of Texas. Measures: Satisfaction SUlVey and perceived utility questions conducted immediately following training and at an average of 18 months after training. Results: Participants' overall satisfaction and comfort with the training was high. They perceived that they gained knowledge that was applicable to the everyday problems being experienced. At follow-up, all participants reported having used the lmowledgegained to help cope with problems and all bad referred to the written materials at least once since the training. Cocclusio:lS: Web-based videoconferencing can be used to provide training to caregivers to manage cognitive and behavioral problems resulting from traumatic brain injury. However. there are obstacles related to wil1ingness toseek help among persons in rural areas that must be overcome. Keywords: cartgivers. traumatic brain illj ury, Web-baud videoconfermcing
Sander A.M., Clark A.N., Atchison T.A., Rueda M.
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