Dr. Andrew Bateman
Virtual Learning Environment for psychosocial support in the community following stroke or acquired brain injury: Fellowship, Information, Confidence and Strategies (ABI-FICS)
In previous research the project has found a high rate of occurrence of fatigue that limits patientsâ€™ abilities to take part in rehabilitation and resume their day-to-day lives. When asked, the problems reported most frequently by people who have sustained brain injury relate to memory and executive difficulties (problems remembering to do things, holding onto information, planning, sequencing, monitoring progress toward a goal). Sadness, anxiety and frustration are frequent emotional problems experienced. In the recent local NIHR CLAHRC a PhD student used an online computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy platform that was written originally to help neurologically intact people with mild-moderate anxiety and depression. She evaluated the benefit of this commercially available programme with people living with the consequences of stroke. Based on this thesis, the project is seeking to develop a flexible package with a wider range of self-help materials. Early work has been completed as a step towards developing the mood management materials that will provide remote access to high quality guidance to help individuals overcome some of the other problems they are experiencing. The proposed platform has the potential advantage of providing a route to remote assessment and collation of routine clinical data, which could be a valuable tool for research studies as well as service evaluation.