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Computer based cognitive flexibility training after stroke


- candidate number22219
- NTR NumberNTR5174
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR22-mei-2015
- Secondary IDsNL44685.029.13  056-14-013
- Public TitleComputer based cognitive flexibility training after stroke
- Scientific TitleComputer based cognitive flexibility training after stroke
- ACRONYM Training Project Amsterdam Seniors and Stroke (TAPASS)
- hypothesisMain: We expect that cognitive flexibility training will result in a larger improvement in objective executive functioning compared with those who receive mock training or those who are in the waiting list group. Secondary: It is predicted that cognitive flexibility training will be more effective in stroke patients compared with healthy adults and more effective in the post-acute phase than in the chronic phase post-stroke. Moreover, we expect that cognitive improvement will be related to changes in brain activity. In particular, we expect that resting-state brain activity of stroke patients who receive cognitive flexibility training will converge more to “normal” than of those who did not receive this training. Explorative: We will explore which lesion characteristics (e.g. type of stroke, size of lesion, brain regions), and other variables (e.g. IQ, age, comorbidities, cognitive flexibility at baseline) predict good outcome.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedIschemic stroke, Cerebral bleeding, Stroke
- Inclusion criteriaKey inclusion criteria: 1) Suffered from stroke and referred to rehabilitation; 2) Presence of cognitive dysfunction due to stroke; 3) Age between 30 and 80 years; 4) Daily access to computer with internet connection and able to use mouse; 5) lnformed consent for study participation.
- Exclusion criteriaKey exclusion criteria: 1) Any disease other than stroke which results in severe cognitive impairments 2) Severe psychological, psychiatric, or somatic comorbidity which could strongly influence the performance on the neuropsychological assessment and training possibilities 3) Mentally (TICS score < 26) and physically (medically unstable) not fit enough to complete training protocol. 4) Aphasia, neglect, paresis or paralysis of the preferred hand, colorblindness, invalidating vision or hearing problems, or severe computer fear.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingDouble
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-sep-2013
- planned closingdate31-okt-2015
- Target number of participants120
- InterventionsOnline cognitive flexibility training, online mock training (active control), or waiting list. The training duration is 12 weeks, five times per week for 30 minutes per session. The cognitive flexibility training includes tasks that train attention, reasoning, and working memory. The participants will frequently switch between these tasks to assure that cognitive flexibility is needed. The mock training consists of tasks that do not train cognitive functioning and no frequent switches between tasks.
Uva.braingymmer.com is used for both training groups.
- Primary outcomeExecutive functioning as measured by neuropsychological tasks (category and letter fluency, Tower of London, D-Kefs TMT number-letter switching, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Letter-Number Sequencing).
The groups will be compared immediately before training and immediately after training.
- Secondary outcome1) Cognitive flexibility as measured by switch-cost (reaction times on switch trials compared to reaction times on non–switch trials) on the switch task.
2) Cognitive functioning as measured by neuropsychological tasks (Trail Making Test condition B corrected for A, Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task, Digit-Symbol-Coding, Rey’s auditory verbal learning test, Operation span, N-back, Corsi task, Raven Colored Progressive Matrices, Shipley Institute of Living Scale-2, D-Kefs TMT motor speed condition, Mouse skills tasks, and stop-signal task).
3) Training improvement
4) Subjective cognitive functioning and functioning in daily life as measured by: dysexecutive questionnaire (DEX), Cognitive Failure Questionnaire (CFQ), Utrechtse Schaal voor Evaluatie en Revalidatie- Participatie (USER-P), Instrumental activity of daily life scale (IADL), en Short Form Health Survey (SF-36)
5) Imaging analyses (resting state fMRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Voxel Based Morphometry)
- TimepointsThe groups will be compared immediately before training, after 6 weeks of training, immediately after, and 4 weeks after training.
- Trial web siteuva.braingymmer.com
- statusinclusion stopped: follow-up
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESPhD Student Renate van de Ven
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES J.M.J Murre
- Sponsor/Initiator University of Amsterdam (UvA)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Nationaal Initiatief Hersenen & Cognitie (NIHC), NWO, University of Amsterdam
- Publications
- Brief summary
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD22-mei-2015 - 24-jun-2015


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