The Development of a Tool to Assess Functional Cognition After TBI

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A team of clinicians and researchers are currently developing a new computerized tool to assess functional cognition after traumatic brain injury, called the Computer Adaptive Measure of Functional Cognition for TBI (CAMFC-TBI). Functional cognition is defined as "the ability to accomplish everyday activities that rely on cognitive abilities, such as locating keys, conveying medical information or planning activities." Traditional neuropsychological testing often does not fully capture the disabilities experienced by survivors of TBI. Therefore, this new tool is being developed in order to address these shortcomings.

The research team's initial goal was to outline the specific areas that together construct functional cognition. These specific areas are: attention, memory, processing speed, executive functioning, social communication, and emotional management. Now that the team has outlined the specific areas that define functional cognition, their next step is to develop the actual tools used to assess people with TBI.

Donovan NJ, Heaton SC, Kimberg CI, et al. Conceptualizing functional cognition in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. Brain Injury. (April 2011).