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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1999 Apr;80(4):379-84.

Functional disability and rehabilitation outcome in right hemisphere damaged patients with and without unilateral spatial neglect.

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School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.



To evaluate the impact of unilateral spatial neglect (USN) on the rehabilitation outcome and long-term functioning in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL) of right hemisphere damaged (RHD) stroke patients.


Assessments of sensory-motor and cognitive impairment and of functional disability were conducted upon admission to rehabilitation, upon discharge from the rehabilitation hospital, and 6 months after discharge, up to a year postonset.


The Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, which receives patients from all general hospitals in Israel.


Forty consecutive admissions of adult right-handed patients with a first, single, right hemispheric stroke proven by computed tomography. Based on their total score in the Behavioral Inattention Test for neglect, patients were divided into two groups: 19 with neglect (USN+) and 21 without neglect (USN-).


Functional Independence Measure, for ADL; The Rabideau Kitchen Evaluation, for IADL.


Impairment and disability levels of RHD patients with and without USN were clearly differentiated. Neglect is associated with lower performance on measures of impairment (sensory-motor and cognitive), as well as on measures of disability in ADL and IADL. Differences were significant in all testing periods. The recovery pattern of USN+ patients is slower and more attenuated. In both groups, most improvement occurs in the first 5 months after onset. USN is the major predictor of rehabilitation outcome from admission to follow-up.


The significance of neglect as a major source of stroke-related long-term disability justifies further research efforts to develop appropriate therapeutic modalities for this complex, multifactorial syndrome.

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