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Title: Capturing Expert Knowledge for the Personalization of Cognitive Rehabilitation: Study Combining Computational Modeling and a Participatory Design Strategy
Authors: Faria, Ana L. 
Pinho, Maria Salomé 
Bermúdez I Badia, Sergi 
Keywords: stroke rehabilitation; attention; memory; executive function; language; cognition; community-based participatory research; patient-specific modeling
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2018
Publisher: JMIR Publications Inc.
Project: This study has been supported by the European Commission through the RehabNet project (Neuroscience-Based Interactive Systems for Motor Rehabilitation) under grant 303891 RehabNet FP7-PEOPLE-2011-CIG; LARSyS UID/EEA/50009/2013, and by the Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação. 
Serial title, monograph or event: JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Abstract: Background: Cognitive impairments after stroke are not always given sufficient attention despite the critical limitations they impose on activities of daily living (ADLs). Although there is substantial evidence on cognitive rehabilitation benefits, its implementation is limited because of time and human resource’s demands. Moreover, many cognitive rehabilitation interventions lack a robust theoretical framework in the selection of paper-and-pencil tasks by the clinicians. In this endeavor, it would be useful to have a tool that could generate standardized paper-and-pencil tasks, parameterized according to patients' needs. Objective: In this study, we aimed to present a framework for the creation of personalized cognitive rehabilitation tasks based on a participatory design strategy. Methods: We selected 11 paper-and-pencil tasks from standard clinical practice and parameterized them with multiple configurations. A total of 67 tasks were assessed according to their cognitive demands (attention, memory, language, and executive functions) and overall difficulty by 20 rehabilitation professionals. Results: After assessing the internal consistency of the data—that is, alpha values from .918 to .997—we identified the parameters that significantly affected cognitive functions and proposed specific models for each task. Through computational modeling, we operationalized the tasks into their intrinsic parameters and developed a Web tool that generates personalized paper-and-pencil tasks—the Task Generator (TG). Conclusions: Our framework proposes an objective and quantitative personalization strategy tailored to each patient in multiple cognitive domains (attention, memory, language, and executive functions) derived from expert knowledge and materialized in the TG app, a cognitive rehabilitation Web tool.
ISSN: 2369-2529
DOI: 10.2196/10714
Rights: openAccess
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