Research Repository

See what's under the surface

The effectiveness of memory rehabilitation following neurological disabilities: a qualitative inquiry of patient perspectives

das Nair, Roshan; Lincoln, Nadina


Roshan das Nair

Nadina Lincoln


The evidence for the effectiveness of memory rehabilitation following neurological conditions, mainly studied through quantitative methodologies, has been equivocal. This study aimed to examine feedback from participants who had been through a randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing two types of memory rehabilitation with a self-help control. It was envisaged that this information would offer a detailed understanding of patient experience of going through a trial and the perceived effects of having attended group sessions. Through 31 in-depth interviews, data collected were thematically analysed. The seven themes identified highlighted improvements in insight and awareness of memory problems and their neurological conditions, knowledge and skills about using memory aids; and as a consequence, improvements in cognitive functions, mood, and confidence, assertiveness and control over their condition. Participants also reported an altered perspective of life that helped them deal with their problems, and the therapeutic effects of attending group sessions. While these improvements were mainly reported in the intervention groups, even those in the control group reported some benefits. This study highlights that it is both feasible and advantageous to embed qualitative research within the traditional RCT methodology to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of patient experiences and intervention outcomes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 7, 2013
Journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Print ISSN 0960-2011
Electronic ISSN 1464-0694
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 4
Institution Citation das Nair, R., & Lincoln, N. (2013). The effectiveness of memory rehabilitation following neurological disabilities: a qualitative inquiry of patient perspectives. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23(4), doi:10.1080/09602011.2013.792290
Keywords Memory rehabilitation, Effectiveness, Qualitative research,
Patient perspectives, Neurological disabilities
Publisher URL
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
2013 http://www.tandfonline....80/09602011.2013.792290


ReMIND qualitative paper AAM.pdf (558 Kb)

AM - Accepted Manuscript

Downloadable Citations