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Assessment of everyday memory functioning following severe head injury.
Wilson, B., Cockburn, J. & Baddeley, A.D.
In M.E. Miner & K.A. Wagner (Eds.), Neurotrauma: Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Related Issues, No. 3 (pp.83-99). Stoneham, MA: Butterworth Publishers.
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Memory problems are one of the most common complaints following severe head injury and may form a major constraint on rehabilitation. Adequate assessment of memory is potentially important in determining both the appropriate intervention strategy and in measuring change over time. Conventional memory tests, however, are of limited value in predicting everyday memory failures. This paper considers assessment procedures used to measure everyday memory functioning: namely, rating scales, checklists, questionnaires, autobiographical memory schedules, tests of retrograde amnesia and the Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT). Studies using these procedures with head injured people are described. The paper concludes with a description of the validation of a test of everyday memory (the RBMT) in which 60 head injured patients took part.