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Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología

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REY-FUENTES, RI; JIMENEZ-MALDONADO, ME; ARROYO-MEDRANO, M  and  VILLASENOR-CABRERA, T. The use of computer programs and their effectiveness in the rehabilitation of executive functions in acquired brain damage. Rev Ecuat Neurol [online]. 2021, vol.30, n.1, pp.135-144. ISSN 2631-2581.

Given the increase in the offer of computerized programs for the neuropsychological rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain damage, it is important to know their efficacy and the advantages of their application on different processes. This article reviews the use of these programs in the neuropsychological rehabilitation of executive functions in patients with acquired brain damage.

The search was carried out in sources such as PUBMED, internet searches and some lists of bibliographic references. Controlled, randomized articles were reviewed, and due to the characteristics of the topic, quasi-experimental studies and a case study, adults, were also included, excluding only articles that included adults patients with acquired brain damage and who had executive function failure without specify one in particular and that they have received cognitive rehabilitation through computer programs. The results reflect weaknesses in the matching of the control groups, the size of their samples, and in the use of instruments for measuring executive functions to objectify efficacy. In general, the programs reviewed do not prove to be more effective than those of traditional pencil and paper interventions.

Keywords : neuropsychological rehabilitation; executive functions; acquired brain damage; computer..

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