Combination treatment in the rehabilitation of visuo-spatial neglect

Celeste Aparicio-López, Alberto García-Molina, Juan García-Fernández, Raquel López-Blázquez, Antonia Enseñat-Cantallops, Rocío Sánchez-Carrión, Vega Muriel, José María Tormos, Teresa Roig-Rovira

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    Abstract

    © 2016 Psicothema. Background: Visuo-spatial neglect predicts longer hospitalization, poorer recovery of motor skills and greater functional limitation. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether the combined administration of computerized cognitive rehabilitation with right hemifield eye-patching in patients with left spatial neglect following a right hemisphere stroke is more effective than computerized cognitive rehabilitation applied in isolation. Method: Randomized clinical trial conducted in 28 patients. These were grouped into two experimental groups: single treatment group (ST) (n= 15) and combined treatment group (CT) (n= 13). All received an average of 15 one-hour sessions of computerized cognitive rehabilitation using the Guttmann, NeuroPersonalTrainer® telerehabilitation platform. Those patients in the TC group performed the sessions wearing a visual device with which the right hemifield of each eye was occluded. Results: Following treatment, both the ST and the TC group showed improvements in neuropsychological examination protocol although there were no differences pre- and post-treatment on the functional scale in either group. Likewise, no statistically significant differences were observed in intergroup comparison. Conclusions: The results from this study indicate that combination treatment is not more effective than rehabilitation applied in isolation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-149
    JournalPsicothema
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

    Keywords

    • Attention
    • Cognitive rehabilitation
    • Neuropsychology
    • Right hemifield eye-patching
    • Spatial neglect
    • Stroke

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