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HOme Based Self-management and COgnitive Training CHanges Lives Phase III (HOBSCOTCH-III)

Efficacy of enhanced virtual HOBSCOTCH

Up to half of people with epilepsy report challenges with cognition, such as memory, thinking, and attention problems. While a certain level of forgetfulness is normal for people both with and without seizures, some of the memory challenges people face can be improved by identifying ways to cope with and manage them.

The HOBSCOTCH program is delivered through 9 one-on-one sessions with a certified memory coach who helps guide people with epilepsy towards strategies and solutions to help with their memory issues. In a previous study of the HOBSCOTCH program, participants saw improvements in quality-of-life scores and cognitive function. At this time, HOBSCOTCH is being offered at no cost through the HOBSCOTCH-III study.

The HOBSCOTCH-III study is evaluating an entirely-virtual delivery model of the original HOBSCOTCH program, and includes:

  • Epilepsy education
  • Memory strategies
  • Problems Solving Therapy
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Self-Awareness training

With virtual delivery, people from all regions of the country are able to participate in HOBSCOTCH.

Read the study brochure (PDF)

Frequently asked questions

Are you interested in learning more about the HOBSCOTCH-III research study? Here are some frequently asked questions.

Is this study right for me?

This study is right for you if you:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have a diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Have cognitive problems (memory, thinking, attention)
  • Are willing to complete surveys
  • Have telephone and internet access

How long will I be enrolled in the study?

The HOBSCOTCH program will take about 9 to 12 weeks, plus 3 monthly booster sessions.

What will I learn?

You will learn:

  • How epilepsy and seizures impact your memory and thinking
  • Strategies to help with your organization, social skills and managing your epilepsy
  • Ways to reduce your stress and skills to improve your memory
  • Ways to improve your quality of life

Will I be paid for my time?

Yes! You will receive $15 each time you complete a set of surveys. If all sets are completed, you can receive up to $75.

Is this different than medical care?

Yes. This program does not replace regular medical care. The program is not billed to insurance and does not require a referral from your doctor.

I am interested in enrolling in the study. What are the next steps?

If you are interested in participating in the HOBSCOTCH-III study or have additional questions, please contact our study coordinator, Channing George, by phone at 603-650-4225 or by email at channing.w.george@hitchcock.org.