From 2014 to 2018 I worked on my dissertation in the Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht, De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation and UMC Utrecht. I graduated on February 20th 2018 in Utrecht, and won the Best Neuropsychology Dissertation Price 2018 awarded by the Dutch Association for Neuropsychology (NVN). You can download my dissertation below. Please contact me if you would like to receive a printed version.
Ten Brink, A.F. Visuospatial neglect after stroke: Heterogeneity, diagnosis and treatment. Ridderprint B.V., Ridderkerk, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-6299-829-2 [pdf]
A frequent disorder after stroke is visuospatial neglect, resulting in a failure to report or respond to contralesional stimuli. Rehabilitation of neglect is important, given the negative influence on motor recovery, independence in self-care, transfers, and locomotion. The randomized controlled trial 'Prism Adaptation in Rehabilitation' investigated the short- and long-term effects of prism adaptation in 70 neglect patients who were admitted to De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation. The study was funded by het Revalidatiefonds. Additionally, an NWO Veni grant partly funded this study. Here you can find the protocol and the final results of the study in an international and Dutch journal. Find more information on the website of De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation.
The Catherine Bergego scale is an observation scale to assess unilateral neglect. We validated the Dutch Catherine Bergego Scale in a rehabilitation setting (see Dutch article). You can download the Dutch Catherine Bergego Scale here. More information can be found at the product page of the website of De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation.
The Mobility Assessment Course is a visual search - multitask for visual neglect. We administered the task in a sample of people with and without neglect, you can find the article here. We wrote an instruction manual in Dutch (with an Excel template and a short version of the manual) and English (with an Excel template). Please get in touch if you have any questions on the implementation of this task. Find more information on the product page of the website of De Hoogstraat Rehabilitation.