Training in Goal-directed Attention Regulation for Individuals With Brain Injury

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Status

Completed

Conditions

Brain Injury

Treatments

Behavioral: training in goal-directed attention regulation
Behavioral: brain health education
Behavioral: computer-assisted training in goal-directed attention regulation

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
Other U.S. Federal agency

Identifiers

NCT01035606
B4605-I

Details and patient eligibility

About

Brain injuries affect the lives of numerous Veterans. This study examines how the brain is affected by injury and how rehabilitation training for attention dysfunction may change brain functioning.

Full description

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of long-term disability among combat Veterans. The most common and persistent sequelae after TBI are cognitive-behavioral deficits in 'executive control' and 'attention' functions. Such abnormalities may directly contribute to poor long-term outcomes as well as impede rehabilitation of dysfunction in other cognitive and motor domains. Effective treatments would potentially make a major impact in improving functional outcomes, but consistently effective treatments are not available. The overall goal of this research is to improve the investigators' understanding of plasticity in brain function after TBI and to develop improved cognitive neurorehabilitation treatments. The intervention involves individual and group-based training in cognitive skills.

Enrollment

49 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 75 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • history of traumatic brain injury
  • greater than 1 week from injury
  • residual dysfunction related to attention and executive control

Exclusion criteria

  • aphasia
  • active illicit drug use
  • severe depression
  • contraindications to MRI scanning

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

49 participants in 3 patient groups

Goal-oriented Attention Regulation Training
Experimental group
Description:
training in goal-directed attention regulation
Treatment:
Behavioral: training in goal-directed attention regulation
Education
Active Comparator group
Description:
brain health education
Treatment:
Behavioral: brain health education
Technology-assisted Goal-directed Self-Regulation Training
Experimental group
Description:
computer-assisted training in goal-directed attention regulation
Treatment:
Behavioral: computer-assisted training in goal-directed attention regulation

Trial contacts and locations

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