A feasibility study of a computerised Spatial Inattention Grasping Home-based Therapy for stroke survivors (c-SIGHT)
Spatial neglect is a common condition occuring after stroke, meaning people may not be aware of anything on one side. Currently, there is no effective treatment and widely used paper-and-pencil tests often under diagnose spatial neglect.
Here, we will test if a new computerised therapy for neglect
(c-SIGHT; computerised Spatial Inattention Grasping Home-based Therapy) can be self-administered at home, and how to carry out a large-scale clinical trial. We will also test the accuracy of a new computerised spatial neglect test (CENT; computerised extrapersonal neglect test) compared to paper-and-pencil tests.
This project is led by researchers at the University of East Anglia and funded by the Stroke Association.
C-SIGHT is a computerised neuropsychological rehabilitation therapy for people who have spatial neglect. Originally developed from SIGHT, c-SIGHT exercises involve people grasping, lifting and balancing wooden rods using their unaffected hand.
C-SIGHT enables a user to carry out the therapy independently at home. Run on a computer program, c-SIGHT delivers written and auditory instructions to the user, while also remotely recording performance using a low-cost motion sensor.