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Patients with hemi-spatial neglect are more prone to limb spasticity, but this does not prolong their hospital stay.

Wilkinson, David T., Sakel, Mohamed, Camp, Sarah-Jayne, Hammond, Lara (2012) Patients with hemi-spatial neglect are more prone to limb spasticity, but this does not prolong their hospital stay. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 (7). pp. 1191-1195. ISSN 0003-9993. (KAR id:28608)

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Abstract

Objective: To determine whether stroke patients who suffer from hemi-spatial neglect tend to stay in hospital longer because they are prone to limb spasticity.

Setting: In-patient neuro-rehabilitation unit of a regional UK teaching hospital

Intervention: Not applicable.

Results: Chi-square analyses indicated that individuals with left neglect were nearly a third more likely to develop spasticity than those without neglect (87% vs. 57%), while nearly one half of those with left-sided spasticity showed neglect (44% vs. 13%). Individuals with neglect stayed in hospital 45 days

Conclusions: The results provide the first statistical evidence that neglect and limb spasticity tend to co-occur post-stroke, though it is only the former that significantly prolongs stay. Diagnostic value aside, these results are important because they tell us that the treatment of neglect should not be overshadowed by efforts to reduce co-morbid spasticity. Despite its poor prognosis, hemi-spatial neglect continues to receive little targeted therapy in some units.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Wilkinson
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 14:36 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 08:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28608 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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