Qualitative assessment of the use of a smart phone application to manage post-concussion symptoms in Veterans with traumatic brain injury

Bradley, Sarah E. ✉; Haun, Jolie; Powell-Cope, Gail; Haire, Sharon; Belanger, Heather G.

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: BRAIN INJURY 0269-9052 1362-301X 34 (8) pp. 1031-1038 2020
  • SJR Scopus - Developmental and Educational Psychology: Q2
    Purpose As part of a larger study to test the efficacy of the Concussion Coach cell phone application for patients with post-concussion symptoms, qualitative data were gathered to assess barriers and facilitators for app use and differences in use of the app among those who declined or improved in symptom severity, or were low-use users. Materials and Methods Using a prospective descriptive study design, 35 semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted between 2016-2018. Participants had a history of mild traumatic brain injury and were symptomatic. Interview data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Results Primary facilitators were the app's ease of use, privacy, availability/portability, and increased self-efficacy of the user. Primary barriers were a lack of sufficient app training, stigma, overly "basic" content, and symptom severity. While there were not prominent differences among user groups, users whose symptom severity improved described using more modules of the app than users who declined. Low-users attributed not using the app to content that was too basic or to their forgetting. Conclusion Interview data suggest that Concussion Coach can benefit Veterans with post-concussive symptoms through increased agency, perceived benefits to emotional well-being, and the availability of non-stigmatized strategies for symptom management.
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    2021-04-18 00:57