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Neuropsychology. 1997 Apr;11(2):290-5.

Motor recovery after stroke depends on intact sustained attention: a 2-year follow-up study.

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MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Rehabilitation Research Group, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, England. ian.robertson@mrc-apu.cam.ac.uk

Abstract

The functional recovery of 47 right-brain-damaged stroke patients was studied over a 2-year period. The researchers hypothesized that sustained attention capacity should predict the degree of motor and functional recovery over this period because of a proposed privileged role of sustained attention in learning-based recovery of function. As predicted, significant correlations were found between sustained attention capacity at 2 months and functional status (including the Barthel Index) at 2 years. This relationship was shown to exist independently of 2-month functional status. Furthermore, compared with a left-brain-damaged group of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) patients, the right-brain CVA group did not recover functional ability as well over the 2-year period. This increasing difference in functional status over a 2-year period was mirrored by an emerging difference in sustained attention capacity, in favor of the left-brain CVA group.

PMID:
9110335
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