Hemispatial Neglect: Clinical Features, Assessment and Treatment

Gallagher, Maria and Wilkinson, David T. and Sakel, Mohamed (2013) Hemispatial Neglect: Clinical Features, Assessment and Treatment. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing , 9 (6). pp. 273-277. ISSN 1747-0307 . (doi:https://doi.org/10.12968/bjnn.2013.9.6.273) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Hemispatial neglect is a disorder of attention which commonly follows from damage to the right side of the brain. Patients with neglect show symptoms of lateralised inattention, failing to acknowledge or report information on the left side. Neglect is a poor prognostic indicator for general functional recovery from stroke, and is associated with a range of co-morbid conditions including denial or indifference to the brain injury, hemiplegia and visual field loss. Mild to moderate cases can be over-shadowed by the more gross symptoms that accompany brain injury, however assessment and diagnosis is relatively quick and simple. Current treatment guidelines suggest that patients should be taught compensatory strategies, but these are largely ineffective. Although recent research has identified more promising treatment approaches, investigations are still preliminary. Given the prevalence and debilitating nature of neglect, there is a clear need to raise awareness and understanding of the condition amongst carers and healthcare professionals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Hemispatial neglect stroke brain injury neuropsychological assessment attention
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Wilkinson
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 15:42 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 10:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37678 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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