Feasibility of measuring vertical perception in acute stroke. V1.

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Identifying vertical perception loss in people with acute stroke. A feasibility study.



  • Contact name

    Amelia C

  • Contact email


  • Sponsor organisation

    University of WInchester

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 8 months, 5 days

  • Research summary

    Some people are unable to align to vertical after they have a stroke. This means they are unaware when they are upright so are less able to complete daily activities safely. Current methods for identifying vertical alignment are not possible outside of a laboratory environment. This research will establish if it is acceptable and feasible to use three assessments, that relate to the laboratory measure of vertical alignment, to help identify those people with stroke who cannot align to vertical in an acute setting. It is hoped that early identification will allow for more effective rehabilitation strategies to be developed to improve function for people following stroke.
    The research aim is to establish the feasibility of completing the Catherine Bergego Scale, Scale for Contraversive Pushing (SCP) and bucket test with acute stroke patients to assist with identification of vertical alignment loss.
    Participants will be anyone diagnosed with stroke who is admitted to the stroke unit at Royal Hampshire County Hospital (over a six month period) for at least 72 hours.
    Participants will be asked to complete the assessments with a therapist 48 hours after admission. If they are not completed for any reason attempts will be made to complete them at one, two and four weeks after admission. Some participants will have them completed again on discharge. The Catherine Bergego Scale and SCP are observational and will involve a therapist watching the participant undertake daily activities. The bucket test involves a therapist placing a bucket in front of the face of the participant and asking them to identify when a line on the bottom of the bucket is vertical.
    If it is feasible and acceptable to complete these assessments then further research can use them as an acceptable measure of vertical alignment in the clinical setting.

  • REC name

    Yorkshire & The Humber - Bradford Leeds Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    5 Feb 2024

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion