Randomized Controlled Trial on Hemifield Eye Patching and Optokinetic Stimulation in Acute Spatial Neglect

STROKEAHA: une 12, 2014

Background and Purpose—Right hemisphere stroke patients frequently experience spatial neglect, a severe lack of awareness for contralesional hemispace. Although neglect counts among the strongest predictors for poor functional outcome after stroke, there is no established therapy, particularly not for the acute stage.

Methods—In a randomized controlled trial, we compared the combined treatment of hemifield eye patching and repetitive optokinetic stimulation in acute stroke patients with neglect to the spontaneous course. Outcome measures were a neuropsychological test battery for neglect as well as scales of functional independence and clinical impairment. Outcomes were assessed at baseline (day 1), post treatment (day 8), and at 1-month follow-up (day 30). Read More

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