Impact of visual-spatial neglect on stroke functional outcomes, discharge destination and maintenance of improvement post-discharge

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This study evaluated basic functional mobility in 25 patients with stroke and visual-spatial neglect during inpatient rehabilitation and early follow-up. Seven patients with neglect and 12 patients without neglect were discharged home and the rest to institutions. Patients without neglect achieved higher outcomes in a shorter time (mean 52 and 79 days respectively). All patients discharged home continued to improve at least up to 5 weeks post-discharge. The patients discharged to institutions achieved lower outcomes overall and quickly deteriorated to admission levels post-discharge. The results inform occupational therapy practice in the areas of assessment, discharge planning, destination and expected functional mobility outcomes in the community.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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