Neurological Sciences

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 159–163

Reported quality of randomized controlled trials in neglect rehabilitation

  • Matteo Paci
  • Giovanni Matulli
  • Marco Baccini
  • Lucio A. Rinaldi
  • Stefano Baldassi
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10072-009-0198-4

Cite this article as:
Paci, M., Matulli, G., Baccini, M. et al. Neurol Sci (2010) 31: 159. doi:10.1007/s10072-009-0198-4


The aim of this study is to assess the reported quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the effectiveness of neglect rehabilitation using a standardized scale. A search of seven electronic databases was carried out. Selected articles were scored using the PEDro scale and classified as high or low quality study both with the original cut off of 6 and a modified cut off of 5. A linear regression analysis between year of publication and quality rate was used to test whether the quality of the studies improved with time. A total of 18 RCTs were selected. Six articles (33.3%) and 10 articles (55.56%) were classified as having high quality when the original cut off or the modified cut off of the PEDro scale were used, respectively. Analysis shows no time-related changes in PEDro scores. The results show that reported quality is moderate for RCTs in neglect rehabilitation.


Evidence-based medicine Randomized controlled trials Attentional deficits Hemispatial neglect Rehabilitation 

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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Paci
    • 1
    • 2
  • Giovanni Matulli
    • 3
  • Marco Baccini
    • 4
    • 5
  • Lucio A. Rinaldi
    • 6
  • Stefano Baldassi
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineCasa di Cura Villa Fiorita, Prato HospitalPratoItaly
  2. 2.FlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Centro di Riabilitazione SesteseSesto Fiorentino (Florence)Italy
  4. 4.Unit of Geriatric Rehabilitation, ASL 10FlorenceItaly
  5. 5.Fondazione “F. Turati”, Rehabilitation CentreGavinana (Pistoia)Italy
  6. 6.Motion Analysis and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Department of Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, Unit of Gerontology and Geriatric MedicineUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  7. 7.Department of PsychologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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