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Rushton, S (2013 - 2014) Walking glasses: correcting locomotive trajectories in patients with visual-spatial neglect. £10,830.

It is estimated each year in the UK, 150,000 people have a stroke and 135,000 people are admitted to hospital as a consequence of traumatic brain injury. The majority exhibit a disorder known as visual-spatial neglect, the failure to respond to objects on one side of space. One debilitating feature of neglect is disturbed walking trajectories that result in collisions, creating danger for patients and staff. Our goal is to develop and evaluate effective correction devices (“walking glasses”) to improve patients walking ability and hence independence.

Our first objective is to establish the clinical feasibility of the intervention by
(i) confirming “walking glasses” change behaviour;
(ii) determining the optimal parameters for testing and intervention;
(iii) soliciting and collating the views of patients, their relatives or carers, and clinical staff;
(iv) documenting unanticipated effects.

Our second objective is to lay foundations for a full scale, multi-centre RCT by
(i) collecting sufficient data to estimate clinical significance of effect size and perform power analysis to establish minimum sample size;
(ii) building a group that is capable of designing and coordinating a full-scale RCT;
(iii) securing collaboration with other clinical centres.