Treatment of spatial neglect in current clinical practice: A nationwide survey

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Clinical research has documented a range of evidence-based treatment approaches for spatial neglect (SN), but there is a lack of research on the implementation of treatment into clinical practice. The purpose of this study is to describe the current clinical practice of SN treatment across healthcare sectors including involved professions, methods, timing and sources of evidence.
This is the second part of a nationwide, anonymous, open Internet survey that was conducted among healthcare professionals in Denmark on assessment and treatment of SN.
A total of 525 healthcare professionals participated in the survey of which 411 (78.3%) reported that SN treatment was provided at their workplace. Occupational and physiotherapist were most often involved in the treatment, most commonly characterized by training of activities of daily living (ADL), sensoric stimulation and cueing. Less frequently reported were evidence-based methods such as prism adaptation and visual scanning. The overall intensity of the SN treatment varied considerably across sectors and might consequently be inadequate. A minority of the participants consulted clinical research evidence in their choice of SN treatment approaches.
There is a profound lack of dissemination and translation of clinical research into current clinical practice, which unarguably leads to an underuse of evidence-based treatment approaches in SN rehabilitation. The results call for international multidisciplinary clinical guidelines for the treatment of SN at different stages of rehabilitation and the tailoring of treatment approaches to the individual patient.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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