Scoring: The presence or absence of USN is based on the number of lines left uncrossed on each side of the test sheet. If any lines are left uncrossed, and more than 70% of uncrossed lines are on the same side as motor deficit, USN is indicated. This may be quantified in terms of the percentage of lines left uncrossed (Fullerton, McSherry, & Stout, 1986).
Time: Less than 5 minutes.
Training: None typically reported.
11x 8.5-inch page of paper with 41 lines 2 cm in length each.
A computer program has been developed to interpret results of patient responses but is not necessary for the scoring of the test or diagnosis of USN (McSherry & Fullerton, 1985).
Can be used with: Patients with stroke.
Patients must be able to hold a pencil to complete the test (the presence of apraxia may impair this ability).
Should not be used with:
- Albert’s Test should be used with caution in the clinical diagnosis of spatial neglect. Performance on Albert’s Test may be influenced by or may be indicative of other syndromes besides spatial neglect, such as hemianopia (damage of optic pathways that result in loss of vision in half of the visual field) (Ferber & Karnath, 2001). The use of a clinical expert system for assessment of perceptual disorders may be useful for interpreting results and forming a diagnosis (e.g. McSherry & Fullerton, 1985).