The effect of static scanning and mobility training on mobility in people with hemianopia after stroke: a randomized controlled trial comparing standardized versus non-standardized treatment protocols

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    Abstract

    Background: Visual loss following stroke impacts significantly on activities of daily living and is an independent risk factor for becoming dependent. Routinely, allied health clinicians provide training for visual field loss, mainly with eye movement based therapy. The effectiveness of the compensatory approach to rehabilitation remains inconclusive largely due to difficulty in validating functional outcome with the varied type and dosage of therapy received by an individual patient. This study aims to determine which treatment is more effective, a standardized approach or individualized therapy in patients with homonymous hemianopia post stroke.Methods/Design: This study is a double-blind randomized controlled, multicenter trial. A standardised scanning rehabilitation program (Neuro Vision Technology (NVT) program) of 7 weeks at 3 times per week, is compared to individualized therapy recommended by clinicians.Discussion: The results of the trial will provide information that could potentially inform the allocation of resources in visual rehabilitation post stroke.Trial Registration: Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register (ANZCTR): ACTRN12610000494033.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number87
    Pages (from-to)87
    Number of pages6
    JournalBMC Neurology
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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