New Ways to Improve Mental Ability After Brain-Injury
This idea came in the wake of the continuously expanding evidence base on cognitive rehabilitation after moderate to severe TBI, with more than 160 interventional studies published since the original INCOG guidelines in 2014.
In addition to the especially complex and highly individualized nature of cognitive rehabilitation, barriers remain to translating research evidence into clinical practice – contributing to significant variations in the implementation of best-practice cognitive rehabilitation.
INCOG 2.0 seeks to address these barriers by adding tools to promote clinical implementation, as part of ongoing efforts to close the “evidence-practice gap”.
Latest Evidence, New Tools to Promote Implementation
The 2022 update addresses critical issues in cognitive rehabilitation after TBI by introducing the general principles of cognitive rehabilitation, including an enhanced section on tele-rehabilitation.
New and emerging evidence on the management of post-traumatic amnesia, including new findings on structured error-controlled and procedural learning approaches.
New approaches to executive function, including the evolving and strengthening evidence on metacognitive strategy instruction and the use of tele-rehabilitation to promote recovery.
Revised and updated recommendations for cognitive-communication disorders. A key focus is the growing appreciation of the importance of the role of social cognition in forming and maintaining relationships after TBI.
Strategies for rehabilitation of memory impairment, which continue to be the most widely used cognitive rehabilitation interventions.
The members of the Expert Panel reaffirm their commitment to prioritizing and continually improving advances in research and clinical practice in cognitive rehabilitation.
Recognizing the work completed, researchers hope that INCOG 2.0 is a positive step toward promoting better outcomes for those living with the effects of TBI.
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