Validation of an Ecological Organization and Problem Solving Test (TEM-PRO) in Vocational Rehabilitation

2019-09-18 03:27:48 | BioPortfolio


Standard neuropsychological evaluations after severe TBI (traumatic brain injury) often minimizes the executive deficits, these latter are known to seriously impair return to work. Therefore, we developed an ecological organization and problem-solving test in a vocational setting called the TEM-PRO. The test consists of 4 activities of variable complexity, collection and redaction of information and demands to follow well defined rules.


While there may be many reasons for obtaining neuropsychological assessement after TBI, predication of the real world functioning is generally the final goal. Among the cognitive deficits, the dysexecutive syndrome is certainly the most disabling in impeding to return to work. The classical neuropsychological tests often fail to asses theses deficits adequately. Several more ecological tests have been previously developed. Based on the multiple errands test and the six elements test, we built up first an ecological test over 60 minutes for activities of the daily living (test des errances multiples, " TEM, version CRR "). Used regularly in the clinical setting, it was able to evaluate the functional aptitudes of the patients and was useful to complete the classical neuropsychological tests. However test duration is too short and activities are far away from real work scenarios to test working aptitudes. Therefore we developed a new executive-ecological test in a vocational setting (TEM-PRO). The adaptation of the original test in a vocational setting induces the addition of 4 activities of variable complexity, research and redaction of information and demands to follow well defined rules. Skills that are solicited are planning, selective and sustained attention, prospective memory, organization, problems solving and behavior adaption over a long period of time. Based on a pilot study with patients without neurological deficit we assessed that our test displayed good sensitivity without ceiling effect. It allowed a quantitative and differentiated evaluation, a classification of various error types (interpretation and judgment failure, rule breaks, task failures and inefficiencies) and provided a qualitative behavioral analysis.

Study Design


TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)


Implementation of a behavioural test for patients with TBI


Clinique romande de réadaptation




Clinique Romande de Readaptation

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