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Google Calendar: using technology to increase independence in traumatic brain injury survivors

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin, Susan Petrie, Kate Phillips,

Published Literature

2018

This research summary provides an overview of a research project completed through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).The study investigated the use of Google Calendar, a free, worldwide product, to improve independence for clients who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and exhibit prospective memory loss whereby they have trouble recalling planned activities and tasks that they need to complete.

Over the eight-week intervention period, occupational therapists trained their clients (and where available, their carers) on the use of Google Calendar, including how to download the app, how to enter information and sync the calendar, as well as how to respond to calendar alerts and reminders.

The study found that using Google Calendar improved participants’ ability to independently undertake planned tasks and activities. This was not a result of improved memory, but rather a result of the use of the tool to compensate for memory loss.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Health and wellbeing

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