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The assessment of visuo-spatial neglect after acute stroke.
  1. S P Stone,
  2. B Wilson,
  3. A Wroot,
  4. P W Halligan,
  5. L S Lange,
  6. J C Marshall,
  7. R J Greenwood
  1. Department of Neurosciences, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

    Abstract

    Forty four consecutive patients with acute hemispheric stroke and forty seven elderly controls with no neurological disease were assessed for visuo-spatial neglect, using a modified neglect test battery. Neglect was found to be equally common in patients with right hemisphere and left hemisphere stroke three days after stroke (72% versus 62%). It was more severe in those with a right hemisphere stroke and resolved more frequently in those with a left hemisphere stroke. The battery was validated against an occupational therapist's assessment of neglect on self-care tasks. The inter-observer reliability was good and it was possible to monitor changes over time with the battery.

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