Evaluation of a virtual dialogue method for acquired brain injury education: A pilot study

Monika Knapp, Elena Gillespie, James F. Malec, Marcia Zier, William Harless

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Objective: To assess the potential benefit of virtual dialogues with experts as a method for educating family members and caregivers of patients with an acquired brain injury (ABI). Methods: Knowledge of ABI was assessed by questionnaire for eight participants prior to and after interacting with a virtual dialogue method, called Virtual Conversations®. Participants also completed a survey regarding their perceived value of the experience. Results: Significant improvement on the Knowledge Questionnaire was apparent from before to after participation in the virtual dialogue by the Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test (Z =-1.9734; p < 0.05). Five of eight participants showed large improvement on this test. All reported enjoying and learning from the experience. Conclusion: The virtual dialogue method increases knowledge of brain injury for most family caregivers. It is an effective and efficient way for family and friends of patients with ABI to learn about ABI in a short period of time at their own pace. Further evaluation of this method is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-393
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Brain injury
  • Education
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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