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Unilateral neglect: further validation of the baking tray task

Peter Appelros A1 A2, Gunnel M. Karlsson A1, Annika Thorwalls A3, Kerstin Tham A2, Ingegerd Nydevik A2 A3
A1 Departments of Neurology and Geriatrics Örebro University Hospital Örebro
A2 Neurotec Department Karolinska Institutet Stockholm
A3 Stockholms Sjukhem Stockholm Sweden

DOI: 10.1080/16501970410029852


Objective: The Baking Tray Task is a comprehensible, simple-to-perform test for use in assessing unilateral neglect. The aim of this study was to validate further its use with stroke patients. Methods: The Baking Tray Task was compared with 2 versions of the Behaviour Inattention Test and a test for personal neglect. A total of 270 patients were subjected to a 3-item version of the Behaviour Inattention Test and 40 patients were subjected to an 8-item version of the Behaviour Inattention Test, besides the Baking Tray Task and the personal neglect test. Results: The Baking Tray Task was more sensitive than the 3-item Behaviour Inattention Test, but the 8-item Behaviour Inattention Test was more sensitive than the Baking Tray Task. The best combination of any 3 tests was Baking Tray Task, Reading an article, and Figure copying; the 2 last-mentioned being a part of the 8-item Behaviour Inattention Test. Conclusion: Multi-item tests detect more cases of neglect than do single tests. However, it is tiresome for the patient to undergo a larger test battery than necessary. It is also time-consuming for the staff. Behavioural tests seem more appropriate when assessing neglect. The Baking Tray Task seems to be one of the most sensitive single tests, but its sensitivity can be further enhanced when it is used in combination with other tests.

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