#OTalk 24th Sep 2019 – Spatial Inattention

This week Ailie Turton and Louise Clark will be hosting the chat from the @RCOT_NP account (RCOT Specialist session for Neurologic Practice.) Here’s what they have to say,

Unilateral spatial inattention (often referred to as ‘neglect’) is a common cognitive effect of stroke. Spatial inattention will be the preferred term used in this #OTalk as ‘neglect’ is not liked by people who have personal experience of the problem.

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) 26% of stroke admissions screened positive for spatial inattention. It is a syndrome of impaired spatial awareness, in which patients have difficulty directing attention to one side; affecting their awareness of the body or the environment. Presence of spatial inattention in the early weeks is associated with poor long-term outcomes with decreased likelihood of living independently, increasing burden on informal carers and economic costs.

It is frequently Occupational Therapists in stroke teams who identify the presence of spatial inattention. Subsequently they may be influential in determining the therapy provision for those patients. They will also be able to put into place treatments and compensatory strategies to help some patients with poor attention.

The aim of this #OTalk is to explore how spatial inattention is identified, how it effects therapy provision, and what strategies Occupational Therapists use to help patients with spatial inattention to overcome their inattention and improve their independence in activities.

This #OTalk has been hosted by Ailie Turton and Louise Clark from the Stroke Forum of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section for Neurological practice, in response to member feedback for topics. We hope you enjoy it and carry on the conversations in your workplace.


How do you explain spatial inattention to patients/family and are there any resources you use to assist this?

How do you think spatial inattention or spatial neglect affects engagement in Occupational Therapy?

How do you screen or assess patients for spatial inattention?

What strategies and interventions do you use to help people to attend to their body or space around them?
We would ask participants to look out for 3 short feedback questions posted with the transcript in the week following this #OTalk. We’d really appreciate your feedback in helping us evaluate and plan our sessions.

Ailie Turton and Louise Clark

Post Chat updates:

Online transcript click here

PDF of transcript #OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript September 24th 2019

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