The Use Of Personal Digital Assistants, Or Pdas, By Individuals Traumatic Brain Injury

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There has been increase in the use of personal digital assistants, or PDAs, by individuals Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. These devices are being used to help TBI patients with everyday activities such as keeping up with appointments, medication management, daily tasks, etc. Due to behavioral memory deficits that are common among TBI patients, these daily activities are difficult for these individuals. In the past “low-tech” items were used such as daily planners and strategically placed notes, but due to the growth of “high-tech” instruments, such as smartphones, personal computers, and PDAs, the “low-tech” devices are being used less (Gentry, Wallace, Kvarfordt, Lynch 2008 19-24). In the early stages of high-tech device use among TBI patients there were three popular computer programs that were used, but they were contained to desktop computers, which makes them useless outside of the individual’s home. Once PDA’s were introduced these programs became obsolete. An early study of PDA use included the use a program called Psion Organizer. The study found that most TBI patients with memory deficits preferred the PDA and Psion Organizer over other low tech instruments. The Psion Organizer software is no longer available and been replaced with other software such as Palm systems. There has not been a study done on the Palm operating system. Research has been done on software specifically developed for TBI patients(Gentry, Wallace, Kvarfordt, Lynch 2008 19-24). The study

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