Towards a Choice of Correctional Computer Programs for Cognitive Rehabilitation of Cardiac Patients

Keywords: cognitive functions, cognitive rehabilitation, cognitive dysfunction, methodological principles, mobile applications, computer systems, technology platforms, programming, computer programs, cardiac diseases

Abstract

Introduction. The present review aims to examine computer programs used in psycho-correctional practice for cognitive rehabilitation of cardiac patients. Currently, there is a high prevalence of cognitive disorders among the elderly population in Russia. The disease has an impact on cognitive functioning of cardiac patients, which leads to difficulties in social adjustment and reduces their quality of life. In this regard, assessing the performance of existing computer programs for cognitive rehabilitation of cardiac patients is important.

Theoretical Basis. This paper presents an overview of the main criteria for choosing cognitive rehabilitation programs for patients suffering from cardiac diseases, as well as characteristics of cognitive rehabilitation. The analysis of previous studies enabled the authors to develop a number of recommendations and restrictions for using cognitive rehabilitation programs.

Results and Discussion. The authors (a) provide a description of the structure of cognitive impairment in cardiac patients, (b) describe specific patterns of cognitive impairment in cardiac patients, and (c) concentrate on impairments of frontal lobe functions, including goal choice, concentration, and attention switching. The following platforms are currently used for cognitive rehabilitation: Constant Therapy, Cognifit, Brain +, My Aphasia Coach, Lingraphica, Prologue2go, Tactus therapy, Soch Genie, Lumosity, Neuro Nation, Memorado, Wikium, Brain Apps, and B-trainika. When choosing a correctional computer program, it is important to take into account the presence of a flexible system of settings and modular architecture, as well as the possibility of changing the complexity of tasks in accordance with the degree of cognitive impairment in patients.

Conclusion. This paper may be of interest to physicians, medical psychologists, defectologists, and programmers when choosing or developing the programs for cognitive rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

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Author Biographies

Anton V. Solodukhin, Research Institute for Complex Issues of Cardiovascular Diseases, Kemerovo State University

Laboratory Assistant at the Laboratory of Neurovascular Pathology; graduate student

Mikhail S. Yanitskii, Kemerovo State University

Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Director of the Social - Psychological Institute, Head of the Department of Psychological Sciences

Andrei V. Seryi, Kemerovo State University

Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Professor of the Department of Psychological Sciences

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Published
2020-05-06
How to Cite
Solodukhin, A. V., Yanitskii, M. S., & Seryi, A. V. (2020). Towards a Choice of Correctional Computer Programs for Cognitive Rehabilitation of Cardiac Patients. Russian Psychological Journal, 17(1), 5-15. https://doi.org/10.21702/rpj.2020.1.1
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Medical psychology