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Combination treatment in the rehabilitation of visuo-spatial neglect

Celeste Aparicio-López, Alberto García-Molina, Juan García-Fernández, Raquel López-Blázquez, Antonia Enseñat-Cantallops, Rocío Sánchez-Carrión, Vega Muriel, José María Tormos and Teresa Roig-Rovira

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Background: Visuo-spatial neglect predicts longer hospitalization, poorer recovery of motor skills and greater functional limitation. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether the combined administration of computerized cognitive rehabilitation with right hemifield eye-patching in patients with left spatial neglect following a right hemisphere stroke is more effective than computerized cognitive rehabilitation applied in isolation. Method: Randomized clinical trial conducted in 28 patients. These were grouped into two experimental groups: single treatment group (ST) (n= 15) and combined treatment group (CT) (n= 13). All received an average of 15 one-hour sessions of computerized cognitive rehabilitation using the Guttmann, NeuroPersonalTrainer® telerehabilitation platform. Those patients in the TC group performed the sessions wearing a visual device with which the right hemifield of each eye was occluded. Results: Following treatment, both the ST and the TC group showed improvements in neuropsychological examination protocol although there were no differences pre- and post-treatment on the functional scale in either group. Likewise, no statistically significant differences were observed in intergroup comparison. Conclusions: The results from this study indicate that combination treatment is not more effective than rehabilitation applied in isolation.

Tratamiento combinado en la rehabilitación de la negligencia visuo-espacial. Antecedentes: la negligencia visuo-espacial predice mayor tiempo de hospitalización, peor recuperación de las habilidades motoras y limitaciones funcionales. El objetivo fue analizar si la administración combinada de rehabilitación cognitiva informatizada junto con el right hemifield eye patching, en participantes que presentan negligencia espacial izquierda como consecuencia de un ictus hemisférico derecho, es más eficaz que la rehabilitación cognitiva informatizada aplicada de forma aislada. Método: ensayo clínico aleatorizado realizado con 28 participantes. Dos grupos experimentales: grupo tratamiento único (TU) (n= 15) y grupo tratamiento combinado (TC) (n= 13). Todos ellos recibieron una media de 15 sesiones de rehabilitación cognitiva informatizada de una hora de duración mediante la plataforma de telerehabilitación Guttmann, NeuroPersonalTrainer®. Los participantes del grupo TC las ejecutaron con un dispositivo visual que llevaba el hemicampo derecho de cada ojo ocluido. Resultados: tras el tratamiento, tanto el grupo TU como el TC mostraron mejoras en el protocolo de exploración neuropsicológica aunque no hubo diferencias pre- y post-tratamiento en la escala funcional en ninguno de los dos grupos. Asimismo, no se observaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas en la comparación intergrupal. Conclusiones: los resultados derivados de este estudio indican que el tratamiento combinado no es más eficaz que la rehabilitación aplicada de forma aislada.


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