At the beginning of 2015, the reading and exploration training that produced positive results in the lab became a free-to-download app on Google Play and the Apple store thanks to Newcastle-based Komodo Digital and funding from the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).
The app allowed us to make some minor additions in the form of added assessment tasks which can be used to determine any improvement before and after taking part in the training. These are pictured below but I will go into more detail about these specifically in a future blog post.
Through the appointment of the DREX Project Manager – Dr. Stephen Dunne, nationwide dissemination of the app began. Over the course of a year we were able to talk to over 70 NHS Foundation trusts, hospitals and clinics about who we are and what the app can do in the hope that more stroke and brain injury survivors seeking some form of visual rehabilitation after injury could be pointed in the right direction.
In the summer of 2015 we ran a number of workshops, inviting patients, carers and healthcare professionals to have a hands-on experience of using the app and provide us with direct feedback which would enable us to improve aspects of the app to fit with user needs. These workshops were run by Nicki Richards (a DREX researcher) and were a huge success. The feedback received from these workshops permitted us to make changes to the app that are present today and have directly benefitted those who use it.
At present the DREX team currently has a few different projects on the go. The first project, run by Mr. Azuwan Musa is a clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of the DREX app. The second project run by Dr. Stephen Dunne is looking at the positives and negatives in stroke and brain injury survivors personal rehabilitation experience in order to learn what we can do to aid survivor’s rehabilitation in the future. We will, in the not-so-distant future, post separate blog posts about these two projects in order to give you some more detail about what we are currently up to.
That brings us right up to the present day. We are still regularly visiting healthcare professionals and patients at hospitals, clinics and meetings up and down the country talking about the latest developments with DREX and the different projects we are currently conducting. So if there is anyone who would like to hear more from us then get in touch via the details on our contact page and we can arrange a talk to deliver more information.
Thanks for reading and we will see you soon!