Evaluation of GRADIOR, a cognitive rehabilitation application for dementia

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Supervisor(s) Prof. Manuel Franco
Early Stage Researcher (ESR15) Martina Vanova

Martina studied psychology at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia). In her master’s thesis she focused on experimental research of implicit memory in people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She worked as a psychologist in a day-care centre for people with dementia with a main focus on cognitive screening and cognitive training for healthy seniors. Later she was providing a post-diagnostic support for people recently diagnosed with dementia in Scotland.

Within INDUCT Martina is focusing on evaluation of cognitive rehabilitation programme GRADIOR in people with dementia and MCI, which is also a topic of her PhD at University of Salamanca (Spain).

Start date September 2016
Duration 36 months


ESR15 will develop a clinical trial comparing GRADIOR to usual care in people with mild dementia. ESR 15 will also translate, adapt and trial GRADIOR in the Netherlands. The GRADIOR software developed by the IDES is used in over 450 centres at national and international level within the social and health sector. It can remotely assess neuropsychology problems and allow the professional to tailor the interventions to the specific cognitive difficulties of the person with dementia. Within a rehabilitation program it is designed to train attention, perception, language, reasoning and memory. However, the effectiveness of GRADIOR has not been evaluated in depth.

Expected Results

The results will provide an evaluation of GRADIOR as an application suitable for remote evaluation and rehabilitation of cognitive problems. It will also (in collaboration with ESR9 and ESR10) provide a translation & second evaluation of GRADIOR providing evidence about how adaptable and transferable it is to other languages and settings.

Planned secondment(s)

Two secondments of 3 months each. Firstly to UoN in year one to learn about complex intervention and trial methodology. Secondly to Maastricht, Netherlands to adapt GRADIOR to the Dutch population and develop a better understanding of cross cultural issues.



Vanova, M, (2017, February) – “The effectiveness of GRADIOR in people with mild dementia. A randomised controlled trial (PROTOCOL)”, poster at the 23rd National Congress of Psychogeriatrics: Multimodal Interventions on Psychogeriatrics in Bilbao, Spain –  – page 26

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