AJOT CE: Effectiveness of Interventions to Address Cognitive Impairments and Improve Occupational Performance After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2016

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Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!


Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of interventions addressing cognitive impairments to improve occupational performance for people with traumatic brain injury. A total of 37 studies were reviewed indicating strong evidence for the use of direct attention training, dual-task training, and strategy training to optimize executive functioning, encoding, and use of memory compensations, including assistive technology. However, in most studies, occupational performance was a secondary outcome, if it was evaluated at all.


This review indicates that although evidence supports many intervention approaches used by occupational therapy practitioners to address cognitive impairments of adults with traumatic brain injury, more studies are needed in which occupational performance is the primary outcome of cognitive intervention.




Mary Vining Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Senior Scientific Adviser, Courage Kenny Research Center, Minneapolis, MN; Mattie Anheluk, MAOT, OTR/L, is Occupational

Therapist, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute–Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.


M. Penny Bartzen, OTD, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute–Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo, MN.


Joette Zola, BS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute–Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.


Learning Objectives:


Following this course, the learner will be able to:


1.     List deficits in cognition and occupational performance that may occur as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI).


2.     Identify various interventions that are used to improve cognitive skills and occupational performance for persons with traumatic brain injury .


3.     Discuss the effectiveness of interventions to improve cognition and occupational performance for adult occupational therapy clients with traumatic brain injury.


Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


Reference Information:


Radomski, M. V., Anheluk, M., Bartzen, M. P., & Zola, J. (2016). Effectiveness of interventions to address cognitive impairments and improve occupational performance after traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 7003180050. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.020776