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Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/HTR.0b013e31823346fc
Original Articles

In-Person Versus Telehealth Assessment of Discourse Ability in Adults With Traumatic Brain Injury

Turkstra, Lyn S. PhD; Quinn-Padron, Maura MS; Johnson, Jacqueline E. MS; Workinger, Marilyn S. PhD; Antoniotti, Nina PhD

Section Editor(s): Caplan, Bruce PhD, ABPP; Bogner, Jennifer PhD, ABPP

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Abstract

Objectives: To compare in-person versus telehealth (TH) assessment of discourse ability in adults with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Design: Repeated-measures design with random order of conditions.

Participants: Twenty adults with moderate-to-severe TBI.

Method: Participants completed conversation, picture description, story-generation, and procedural description tasks. Sessions were video-recorded and transcribed.

Measures: Measures of productivity and quality of discourse.

Results: Significant differences between conditions were not detected in this sample, and feedback from participants was positive.

Conclusions: These preliminary results support the use of TH for the assessment of discourse ability in adults with TBI, at least for individuals with sufficient cognitive skills to follow TH procedures.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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