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The influence of attention deficits on functional recovery post stroke during the first 12 months after discharge from hospital

Hyndman, D., Pickering, R.M. and Ashburn, A. (2008) The influence of attention deficits on functional recovery post stroke during the first 12 months after discharge from hospital Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 79, (6), pp. 656-663. (doi:10.1136/jnnp.2007.125609). (PMID:17872979).

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Background: Attention deficits have been linked to poor recovery after stroke and may predict outcome. We explored the influence of attention on functional recovery post stroke in the first 12 months after discharge from hospital.

Methods: People with stroke completed measures of attention, balance, mobility and activities of daily living (ADL) ability at the point of discharge from hospital, and 6 and 12 months later. We used correlational analysis and stepwise linear regression to explore potential predictors of outcome.

Results: We recruited 122 men and women, mean age 70 years. At discharge, 56 (51%) had deficits of divided attention, 45 (37%) of sustained attention, 43 (36%) of auditory selective attention and 41 (37%) had visual selective attention deficits. Attention at discharge correlated with mobility, balance and ADL outcomes 12 months later. After controlling for the level of the outcome at discharge, correlations remained significant in only five of the 12 relationships. Stepwise linear regression revealed that the outcome measured at discharge, days until discharge and number of medications were better predictors of outcome: in no case was an attention variable at discharge selected as a predictor of outcome at 12 months.

Conclusions: Although attention and function correlated significantly, this correlation was reduced after controlling for functional ability at discharge. Furthermore, side of lesion and the attention variables were not demonstrated as important predictors of outcome 12 months later.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 14 September 2007
Published date: June 2008
Keywords: time, balance, classroom, localization, activities of daily living, england, analysis, stroke, publishing, falls, london, attention, methods, community, activity, people, interference, motor recovery, outcomes, gait, sustained attention
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 55492
ISSN: 1468-330X
PURE UUID: 84a8eb11-85a7-468f-a31d-68e8366844eb
ORCID for D. Hyndman: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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