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Cognitive rehabilitation for spatial neglect following stroke

Bowen A, Hazelton C, Pollock A, Lincoln NB
Published Online: 
1 July 2013

The benefit of cognitive rehabilitation (therapy) for unilateral spatial neglect, a condition that can affect stroke survivors, is unclear. Unilateral spatial neglect is a condition that reduces a person's ability to look, listen or make movements in one half of their environment. This can affect their ability to carry out many everyday tasks such as eating, reading and getting dressed, and restricts a person's independence. Our review of 23 studies involving 628 participants with stroke found insufficient high quality evidence to tell us the effect of therapy designed for treating neglect. We did find some limited evidence which suggested that such therapy might be helpful, but the quality of this evidence was poor and more research is needed to confirm this finding. People with neglect should continue to receive general stroke rehabilitation services and to have the opportunity to take part in high-quality research.

This record should be cited as: 
Bowen A, Hazelton C, Pollock A, Lincoln NB. Cognitive rehabilitation for spatial neglect following stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003586. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003586.pub3
Assessed as up to date: 
17 April 2013