Effects of Applications on Computer Tablet for Cognitive Training in Stroke Patients


  • Thaivon T Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Munkhetvit P


cognition, perception, computer tablet, stroke rehabilitation, occupational therapy


Objectives: To study the effects of a computer tablet applications for cognitive training on cognitive functions in stroke patients.

Study design: A quasi-experimental, one group, pretest-posttest design.

Setting: Occupational Therapy Unit of Thammasat University Hospital

Subjects: Fifteen patients with first stroke and cognitive impairment, aged between 35-70 years, and duration of stroke less than a year, who received occupational therapy service from December 2018 to June 2019

Methods: Participants were selected by purposive sampling. The mini-mental state examination (MMSE)-Thai 2002 was used to screen for cognitive impairments. Participants received a tablet computer-based cognitive training under supervision of an occupational therapist 3 times per week for 6 consecutive weeks. They underwent the Digit Span Test, the Thai Cognitive-Perceptual Test (Thai-CPT) and the Dynamic Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (DLOTCA) before and after the training period. Descriptive statistics and non-parametric Wilcoxon
Signed Ranks Test were used to analyze data.

Results: The average age (SD) of the participants was 58 (11.39) year old. The male:female ratio was 1.1:1. The improvement of attention, memory and executive functions reached statistical significance (p < 0.05). 

Conclusion: The tablet applications for cognitive training which were used in this study improved attention, memory and executive functions in stroke patients.


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