Abstract

Purpose: To locate, evaluate, and summarize the evidence for effective and feasible interventions to treat hemi-inattention in inpatient rehabilitation settings and ensure knowledge translation with a collaborating clinician Timothy Rich, OTR/L and his team at Harborview Medical Center. Design: Systematic literature review, participatory active research with a collaborating clinician, and knowledge translation. Methods: Included studies that tested effectiveness of mirror therapy (MT), transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS), limb activation therapy (LAT), and visual scanning therapy (VST). 11 databases were searched to yield 31 articles included in a critically appraised topic (CAT) table. A concise protocol for each intervention was then provided to participating clinicians at an in-service training. A follow-up survey was completed to assess the degree of knowledge translation that had occurred which resulted in a positive response. Conclusion: There is evidence for the effectiveness of VST, TENS, LAT and MT to treat hemi-inattention. Combined interventions were often more effective than when used individually. It is suggested that further research be conducted to address the advisability of a multi-contextual approach to VST in order to maximize generalization to functional tasks in a variety of natural environments.

Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington

Publisher

University of Puget Sound

Faculty Advisor

Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L

Project Chairperson

Publication Date

5-2016

Genre

Capstone Project

Format

PDF

Language

English

Degree Program

Occupational Therapy

Degree Level

Master of Science

Discipline

Occupational Therapy

School

University of Puget Sound

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