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Appl Neuropsychol. 2011 Apr;18(2):95-106. doi: 10.1080/09084282.2010.547774.

Designing rehabilitation programs for neglect: could 2 be more than 1+1?

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Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology, University of Freiburg, Germany. saevarsson@gatech.edu

Abstract

Unilateral neglect is a multimodal neuropsychological disorder that has puzzled scientists for a long time. Many interventions have been developed, but only a handful has proven to be effective. This review examines whether applying different therapeutic techniques in combination will increase therapeutic benefits. Studies were reviewed where therapies are applied sequentially or in combination with other techniques. The results indicate that combining different interventions leads to increased general improvement compared with other noncombined designs, even when the number of treatment sessions is not constant. Practical and theoretical aspects of different treatments are discussed. The combined approach to treatment may have direct relevance to disorders other than neglect. This report introduces a new classification scheme for different interventions with the aim of facilitating more focused therapy. Finally, suggestions are made as to what the focus of future studies of neglect therapy should be and how therapeutic benefits might be maximized.

PMID:
21660761
PMCID:
PMC4544767
DOI:
10.1080/09084282.2010.547774
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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