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Assessment of spatial neglect in clinical practice: A nationwide survey

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  • Lars Evald
  • Inge Wilms, Københavns Universitet, Danmark
  • Maria Nordfang, Department of Neurology, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, Danmark

This study was part of a nationwide, anonymous, open Internet survey conducted amongst healthcare professionals in Denmark on the assessment and treatment of spatial neglect (SN). The objective was to describe knowledge and practices in the assessment of SN in current clinical practice across different healthcare sectors and professions. Data included the perceived prevalence, assessment methods and observations, subtypes and differential diagnostics of SN. A total of 525 professionals participated in the survey. The vast majority (81.5%) reported that assessment of SN was provided by their workplace. The median of perceived prevalence of SN was 35% (IQR 22-51) but major differences were found between professions. Occupational therapists and psychologists appeared to be most involved in assessment, whilst nursing staff and speech therapists were least involved. Subjective observations were the most common assessment method (90%). Conversely, systematic ADL observations, paper-and-pencil tests, confrontational tests and computerized tests were less common. The survey revealed large differences in the assessment methods and awareness of various aspects of SN symptoms (subtypes and differential diagnostics) between different healthcare professions. The results emphasize the need for international multidisciplinary clinical guidelines on how to assess SN and distinguish between different subtypes and differential diagnoses.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNeuropsychological Rehabilitation
Sider (fra-til)1-16
Antal sider16
ISSN0960-2011
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 23 jun. 2020

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