Using a paging system in the rehabilitation of encephalitic patients.


Memory and executive problems following encephalitis are common yet there are few published papers on the successful rehabilitation of such patients. We recently demonstrated (Wilson, Emslie, Quirk, & Evans, 2001; Wilson, Emslie, Quirk, Evans, & Watson, 2005) that a paging system could reduce the everyday memory and planning problems for people with non-progressive brain injury. Among the 143 patients who participated in the 2001 study were four people who had survived encephalitis. Their results are reported here. During a 2-week baseline, the successful task achievement of our four clients ranged from 2-81%. They then received a pager for 7 weeks and task achievement was documented in weeks 6 and 7. All were significantly more successful with the pager than they had been at baseline with success rates ranging from 45-96%. Five weeks after returning their pagers they were monitored once more. One of the encephalitic patients failed to achieve any of his target tasks, returning to baseline level, the other three dropped back a little but were still significantly more successful than at baseline. It is concluded that the paging system can reduce everyday memory and planning problems of patients with encephalitis.

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@article{Emslie2007UsingAP, title={Using a paging system in the rehabilitation of encephalitic patients.}, author={Hazel Emslie and Barbara A. Wilson and Kirsten Quirk and Jonathan J. Evans and Peter Watson}, journal={Neuropsychological rehabilitation}, year={2007}, volume={17 4-5}, pages={567-81} }