Alleviation of carer strain during the use of the NeuroPage device by people with acquired brain injury

Thomas W Teasdale, Hazel Emslie, Kirsten Quirk, Jonathan Evans, Jessica Fish, Barbara A Wilson

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Background: Previous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of a paging system, NeuroPage (Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust Corporation, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, UK), in compensating for memory and planning dysfunctions in people with acquired brain injury (ABI; mainly stroke or traumatic brain injury). In this study, the degree to which this efficacy is accompanied by a reduced experience of strain among carers of patients with ABI was investigated.

Methods: Carers of 99 people with ABI completed a questionnaire concerning strain resulting from caring for the injured individual. The questionnaire was completed at the following three time points: before the use of NeuroPage, at the end of a 7-week period of use, and, for one subgroup, a further 7 weeks after withdrawal of NeuroPage.

Results: There were significant reductions in strain reported by carers following the 7-week period of NeuroPage use (Cohen’s d = 0.3–0.4). This finding persisted when the carer was a spouse or a parent. The reduced strain among carers continued even after withdrawal of NeuroPage.

Conclusion: The efficacy of the NeuroPage paging system for people with ABI appears to result in reduced strain for their carers.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)781-783
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries
  • Caregivers
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory Disorders
  • Middle Aged
  • Questionnaires
  • Reminder Systems
  • Stress, Psychological


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