Mobile Health Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Shannon B. JuengstEmail author
  • Tessa Hart
  • Angelle M. Sander
  • Emily J. Nalder
  • Monique R. Pappadis
Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation (G Galang, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation


Purpose of Review

Mobile health (mHealth) interventions may be useful for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), but there is minimal knowledge regarding how mHealth technology is currently being used for TBI treatment or rehabilitation. The purpose of this review is to examine the extant literature on the use of mHealth for intervention delivery in order to identify considerations for using mHealth with the TBI population, and to provide recommendations for further study.

Recent Findings

Consistent with recent literature in other disability populations, mHealth shows promise for people with TBI as a compensatory strategy for cognitive impairment, a method for monitoring and reducing symptoms, and a means of addressing goals in social and educational spheres.


In this review article, we summarize the results of 16 articles on mHealth interventions for individuals with TBI, highlighting relevant findings for clinical application and discussing challenges unique to the use of mHealh post-TBI.


Traumatic brain injuries Mobile health Technology Telerehabilitation Intervention Rehabilitation 



This manuscript was completed as a collaboration among members of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Brain Injury International Special Interest Group Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Dr. Ronald Seel to the early conceptualization of this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Monique Pappadis reports grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and from the National Institute on Aging and acting as a consultant for TIRR Memorial Hermann. Angelle Sander reports grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research during the conduct of the study. Shannon Juengst, Tessa Hart, and Emily Nalder declare no conflicts of interest relevant to this manuscript.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

All reported studies with human subjects performed by the authors have been previously published and complied with all applicable ethical standards (including the Helsinki declaration and its amendments, institutional/national research committee standards, and international/national/institutional guidelines). This article does not contain any studies with animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon B. Juengst
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tessa Hart
    • 2
  • Angelle M. Sander
    • 3
    • 4
  • Emily J. Nalder
    • 5
  • Monique R. Pappadis
    • 4
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Department of Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Moss Rehabilitation Research InstituteElkins ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Harris Health System and Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of PsychiatryBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Brain Injury Research Center, TIRR Memorial HermannHoustonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Rehabilitation Sciences InstituteUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  6. 6.Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health ProfessionsThe University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  7. 7.Sealy Center on AgingThe University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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