Improving Cognitive Function in Patients with Stroke: Can Computerized Training Be the Future?

Rosaria De Luca, Simona Leonardi, Letteria Spadaro, Margherita Russo, Bianca Aragona, Michele Torrisi, Maria Grazia Maggio, Alessia Bramanti, Antonino Naro, Maria Cristina De Cola, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò

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BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment after stroke is common and can cause disability with a high impact on quality of life and independence. Cognitive rehabilitation is a therapeutic approach designed to improve cognitive functioning after central nervous system's injuries. Computerized cognitive rehabilitation (CCR) uses multimedia and informatics resources to optimize cognitive compromised performances. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of pc cognitive training with Erica software in patients with stroke.

METHODS: We studied 35 subjects (randomly divided into 2 groups), affected by either ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, having attended from January 2013 to May 2015 the Laboratory of Robotic and Cognitive Rehabilitation of Istituto di Ricerca e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Neurolesi in Messina. Cognitive dysfunctions were investigated through a complete neuropsychological battery, administered before (T0) and after (T1) each different training.

RESULTS: At T0, all the patients showed language and cognitive deficits, especially in attention process and memory abilities, with mood alterations. After the rehabilitation program (T1), we noted a global cognitive improvement in both groups, but a more significant increase in the scores of the different clinical scales we administered was found after CCR.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that cognitive pc training by using the Erica software may be a useful methodology to increase the post-stroke cognitive recovery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 5 2017


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