Examining the Feasibility, Tolerability, and Preliminary Efficacy of Repetitive Task-Specific Practice for People With Unilateral Spatial Neglect

Emily S. Grattan, Catherine E. Lang, Rebecca Birkenmeier, Margo Holm, Elaine Rubinstein, Jessie Van Swearingen, Elizabeth R. Skidmore

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We examined the feasibility, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of repetitive task-specific practice for people with unilateral spatial neglect (USN).

METHOD: People with USN ≥6 mo poststroke participated in a single-group, repeated-measures study. Attendance, total repetitions, and satisfaction indicated feasibility and pain indicated tolerability. Paired t tests and effect sizes were used to estimate changes in upper-extremity use (Motor Activity Log), function (Action Research Arm Test), and attention (Catherine Bergego Scale).

RESULTS: Twenty participants attended 99.4% of sessions and completed a high number of repetitions. Participants reported high satisfaction and low pain, and they demonstrated small, significant improvements in upper-extremity use (before Bonferroni corrections; t = -2.1, p = .04, d = .30), function (t = -3.0, p < .01, d = .20), and attention (t = -3.4, p < .01, d = -.44).

CONCLUSION: Repetitive task-specific practice is feasible and tolerable for people with USN. Improvements in upper-extremity use, function, and attention may be attainable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)p1-p8
JournalThe American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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