Effects of two applications on the success of e-mail access for an individual with acquired cognitive impairment
Joy E. Torres, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
University of Nevada, Reno . Awarded
This single subject design investigated the effects of an adapted e-mail application, Coglink, and a traditional e-mail application, Yahoo® , on the ability of an individual with acquired cognitive impairment to access and generate e-mail. Results revealed an increase in e-mail access speed for Coglink and Yahoo® for the treatment phases of the study. Results also revealed increases in e-mail message length, correct information units, and composition speed for the treatment phases with respect to both e-mail applications. When novel probes were administered, the subject maintained increases for access speed and message composition for Coglink, but did not successfully access Yahoo®. Findings from the Quality of Communication Life Scale (Paul et al., 2004) revealed a self-reported increase in the satisfaction of personal communication interactions with family and friends. The benefits of e-mail accessibility for people with acquired cognitive impairment warrants further research in light of the fact that social isolation is one of the most enduring and problematic barriers to community integration for individuals in this population.
Torres, J.E. Effects of two applications on the success of e-mail access for an individual with acquired cognitive impairment. Master's thesis, University of Nevada, Reno.
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