Functional assessment of spatial neglect: A review of the catherine bergego scale and an introduction of the kessler foundation neglect assessment process

Peii Chen, Kimberly Hreha, Paola Fortis, Kelly Goedert, Anna Barrett

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Spatial neglect is a debilitating poststroke neurocognitive disorder associated with prolonged hospitalization and poor rehabilitation outcomes. The literature suggests a high prevalence of this disorder, but clinicians have difficulty reliably identifying affected survivors. This discrepancy may result from suboptimal use of validated neglect assessment procedures. In this article, we suggest use of a validated assessment tool that is sensitive to identification of neglect and its functional consequences - the Catherine Bergego Scale (CBS). We provide detailed item-by-item instructions for observation and scoring - the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP). Rehabilitation researchers may be able to use the CBS via the KF-NAP to measure ecological outcomes and specific, separable perceptual-attentional and motor-exploratory spatial behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-435
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Catherine Bergego Scale
  • neglect assessment
  • spatial neglect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Community and Home Care
  • Clinical Neurology

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