To the top

Page Manager: Webmaster
Last update: 9/11/2012 3:13 PM

Tell a friend about this page
Print version

The prediction of functio… - University of Gothenburg, Sweden Till startsida
To content Read more about how we use cookies on

The prediction of functional dependency by lateralized and non-lateralized neglect in a large prospective stroke sample.

Journal article
Authors Jo Inge Viken
Hans Samuelsson
Christina Jern
Katarina Jood
Christian Blomstrand
Published in European journal of neurology : the official journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 128-134
ISSN 1468-1331
Publication year 2012
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Department of Psychology
Pages 128-134
Language en
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


Background and purpose:  Lateralized and non-lateralized impairments in visual attention have been identified as important components in patients with visuospatial neglect. This study investigated the course of these two phenomena across time in relation to neurological symptoms and functional outcome in a large consecutive and prospective stroke sample. Methods:  A total of 375 consecutive stroke patients were divided into three groups (lateralized, non-lateralized or no visual inattention) acutely and 3 months post-stroke using the star cancellation test. Neurological impairments, localization of brain damage, asymmetry in clinical symptoms and functional outcome were assessed. Possible group differences were analysed, and stepwise logistic regressions were performed to examine the relative importance of predictors of functional dependency. Results:  Participants with acute lateralized inattention differed (P ≤ 0.05) from the other two groups by more often exhibiting severe neurological symptoms, functional dependency and persisting visual inattention. The regression analyses selected acute lateralized inattention as an important and independent predictor of functional dependency following right hemisphere damage, but not following left hemisphere damage. Conclusions:  The results emphasize the prognostic value of lateralized inattention and the importance of separating lateralized and non-lateralized symptoms of visual inattention at the commencement of rehabilitation.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 9/11/2012

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?