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Research Article

Self-ratings of Everyday Memory Problems in Patients with Acquired Brain Injury - A Tool for Rehabilitation

Maria Tropp1, Anna Lundqvist1, Cecilia Persson2, Kersti Samuelsson1* and Sten Levander3

1Clinical department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden

2Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

3Department of Criminology, Malmö University, Malmo, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Kersti Samuelsson
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University Hospital, SE-581 85 Linköping, Sweden
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Received date: October 21 2014;; Accepted date: January 16 2015; Published date: January 20 2015

Citation: Tropp M, Lundqvist A, Persson C, Samuelsson K, Levander S (2015) Self-ratings of Everyday Memory Problems in Patients with Acquired Brain Injury - A Tool for Rehabilitation. Int J Phys Med Rehabil 3:258. doi:10.4172/2329-9096.1000258

Copyright: © 2015 Tropp M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: Memory problems are common in everyday life of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). Some patients with ABI also have problems with self-monitoring/awareness. The ecological validity of neuropsychological tests for everyday life memory problems is questionable. Can self-report instruments supply complementary information?

Aims: 1) To document the frequency/impact of self-reported memory problems in a sample of consecutive referrals of ABI patients using PEEM and REEM. 2) To characterize the instruments with respect to psychometrics and internal consistency. 3) To document differences in memory problem patterns for various kinds/localization of brain lesions, and associated anxiety/ depression symptoms.

Methods: A descriptive retrospective study of consecutive referrals of ABI patients was performed. Ratings from the Evaluation of Everyday Memory (EEM), in a patient version (PEEM) and a version for relatives/proxies (REEM) were analysed as well as self-ratings of anxiety and depression.

Results: The EEM instruments displayed good psychometric characteristics. The mean PEEM score were close to the tenth percentile of healthy controls. PEEM and REEM versions were strongly inter-correlated. Sex, age, and lesion characteristics did not matter much with one exception. Right-hemisphere lesion patients rated their memory problems significantly lower than the proxy, for all other lesions it was vice versa. Anxiety and depression symptoms were associated with memory problems.


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