Demonstrating the use of technology in brain injury rehabilitation: The ManageMyFatigue app (pilot study)
As many as 73% of patients recovering from acquired brain injury complain of being tired or feeling fatigue (i.e., feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness or lack of energy) up to 5 years post injury. Cognitive fatigue has also been identified as one of the most debilitating symptoms in psychiatric mood disorders. It affects nearly 100% of all depressed individuals. Despite the administration of pharmacological treatments, 80% of patients consistently report enduring levels of tiredness. Sleeplessness and fatigue are some of the most frequent markers of migraines, autoimmune and degenerative diseases, including primary Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and PTSD. In Parkinson’s disease, fatigue is the primary non-motor symptom in over 80% of patients in advanced stages. Fatigue significantly impacts every aspect of one’s life. It can impact a person’s ability to successfully maintain a job, go to school, and/or perform necessary responsibilities at home.
Learning to implement the ManageMyFatigue app in brain injury rehabilitation
Research has demonstrated that as many as 73% of patients recovering from acquired brain injury complain of being tired or feeling fatigued (i.e., feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness or lack of energy) for up to 5 years post injury. Fatigue is a frequent marker of migraines, PTSD, and other psychiatric/mood disorders. It is largely present in autoimmune and degenerative diseases as well, including primary Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. In Parkinson’s disease, fatigue is the primary non-motor symptom in over 80% of patients. Time-on-task is the most powerful predictor of fatigue. The ManageMyFatigue app helps users identify the need for breaks, monitor their time spent on a task, and rate their overall energy levels so as to efficiently approach future activities. However, learning how to use the app requires the ability to retain information provided in video tutorial training. This study seeks to expand on a previous pilot study by demonstrating that individuals recovering from brain injury have the cognitive capacity to learn how to utilize the app and implement it in everyday life.