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Research Article  |   March 1992
Spatial Neglect: New Issues and Their Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Edith W. M. Herman, PhD, MHSc, PT, is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, Room 1M3, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Research
Research Article   |   March 1992
Spatial Neglect: New Issues and Their Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1992, Vol. 46, 207-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.3.207
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1992, Vol. 46, 207-216. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.3.207
Abstract

Competent clinical practice relies on scientific theory to explain phenomena and to provide the rationale for rehabilitation strategies. Despite research advances and new insights, no unified theory has yet been offered to explain all aspects of the puzzling neglect syndrome. To find clinical relevance for new discoveries, theoretical models have to be integrated into assessment procedures and treatment strategies. The aim of this article is to briefly review recent theories about spatial hemineglect with emphasis on their potential use for practice, assessment strategies, and rehabilitative approaches.