The present study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a cognitive rehabilitation program in improving the visual and auditory attention performance in stroke patients. The research method was quasi-experimental with a pre-intervention, post-intervention and follow-up design and control group. Twenty ischemic stroke patients with attention disorder were randomly classified into experimental and control groups. Cognitive evaluation of patients, including pre-intervention, immediately and 6 weeks after the intervention, was performed by the IVA + Plus (Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test). The experimental group received a cognitive rehabilitation program as 1-h sessions per week for 8 weeks, but the control group received no intervention. The results indicated significant effects of a cognitive rehabilitation program on the auditory (p = 0.002) and visual (p = 0.009) attention as well as the 6-week follow-up after the intervention, and it improved visual and auditory attention in stroke patients in the experimental group. The effectiveness of a cognitive rehabilitation program improved attention performance in stroke patients and had a positive effect on visual and auditory attention performance in ischemic stroke patients.
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Hasanzadeh Pashang, S., Zare, H., Alipour, A. et al. The effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation in improving visual and auditory attention in ischemic stroke patients. Acta Neurol Belg (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13760-020-01288-4