Awareness of cognitive abilities in the execution of activities of daily living after acquired brain injury: an evaluation protocol
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AuthorMerchán Baeza, José Antonio; Ricchetti, Giorgia; Navarro Egido, Alba; Funes Molina, María Jesús
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Merchán-Baeza JA, Rodriguez-Bailon M, Ricchetti G, et al. Awareness of cognitive abilities in the execution of activities of daily living after acquired brain injury: an evaluation protocol. BMJ Open 2020;10:e037542. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2020-037542
SponsorshipSpanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness PSI2016-80331-P; University of Malaga; University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC)
Introduction One of the main limitations that can be observed after acquired brain injury (ABI) is the alteration of the awareness of the deficits that can occur in the cognitive skills necessary for performing activities of daily living (ADL). According to the Dynamic Comprehensive Model of Awareness (DCMA), consciousness is composed of offline component, which contains the information stored about characteristics of the tasks and stable beliefs about one’s own capabilities and online awareness, which is activated in the context of the performance of a specific task. The main objective of this project was to generate and validate a detailed cognitive assessment protocol within the context of ADL to evaluate the components of DCMA. Methods and analysis The proposed protocol consists of two ecological tools: The Cog-Awareness ADL Scale to measure offline component and the Awareness ADL-task: Basic and Instrumental ADL performance-based test to measure online awareness. The aim is to identify the presence of cognitive deficits and anosognosia in patients with ABI within the context of everyday life activities. These two measures will be administered to a group of patients with ABI. In addition, these participants will complete another series of classic tests on anosognosia and cognitive functions in order to find the convergent validity of the two tests proposed in this protocol. The external validity of the Cog-Awareness ADL Scale and the relationships between awareness components within the same ADL domain will be also analysed. Ethics and dissemination This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Biomedical Research of Andalusia, on 13 January /2017 (Proceeding 1/2017). All participants are required to provide written informed consent. The findings from this will be disseminated via scientific publication.