Research: MAXTON and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

MAXTON and COLLEAGUES,  (1)Department of Stroke Medicine, Nottingham University Hospital, Nottingham, UK performed a literature search for all aspects of post-stroke neglect which is common and an independent predictor of functional outcome.

Background

Post-stroke neglect is common and an independent predictor of functional outcome. Assessment of neglect is very demanding, the treatment extremely difficult and the literature vast; the authors performed a literature search for all aspects of this difficult subject.

Methodology

The authors searched the PubMed, EMBASE databases and historical manuals for authoritative studies on post stroke neglect between 1951 and 2011.

Results

There is a great dearth of randomized controlled data on neglect because standardized assessment does not occur frequently. Eighty-eight manuscripts were identified in the literature, which were quite heterogeneous in their content and addressing diverse aspects of this clinical entity.

Conclusion

The most important historical papers were selected along with the most widely accepted and proven strategies for assessment and treatment. Standardized assessment of neglect does not always occur, but several useful strategies are available and are described in the following sections.

References

Maxton C(1), Dineen RA, Padamsey RC, Munshi SK. Don't neglect 'neglect'- an update on post stroke neglect.  Int J Clin Pract. 67(4): 369-78. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12058. Apr 2013.

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