Stroke Survivors Relearning to Focus
Reported July 27, 2009
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Impaired
attention is one of the most significant repercussions for stroke victims,
reducing their ability to focus on tasks. A therapy called Attention Process
Training (APT) may aid survivors in their rehabilitation process.
Almost 80 stroke survivors were randomized to receive APT treatment in the
clinical trial. Participants completed tasks designed to work on four
different aspects of attention -- sustained, selective, divided and
alternating. Patients received APT training in one-hour sessions for four
weeks. The patients who had APT scored significantly higher on attention
tests than those without the training. Experts agree more long-term research
is needed on the therapy.
As many as 92 percent of stroke survivors
report suffering from impaired attention. APT is designed to help patients
improve their attention span and the ability to shift attention from one
task to another. It has been successful in the rehabilitation for traumatic
brain injuries, but has not previously been tested on stroke survivors.
SOURCE: Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, 2009