Connell, Louise Ann and Tyson, Sarah F.
Clinical Reality of Measuring Upper-Limb Ability in Neurologic Conditions: A Systematic Review.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2011.09.015
To review the psychometric properties and clinical utility of upper-limb measurement tools in people with neurologic conditions to provide recommendations for practice.
MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, PEDro, and AMED.
Independent reviewers searched, selected, and extracted data from articles that assessed reliability, validity, ability to detect change, and clinical utility of measures of the upper limb in adult neurologic conditions.
Measures with good psychometrics and 8 or higher (out of 10) clinical utility scores were recommended.
The searches identified 31 measures of the upper limb. However, only 2 measures fulfilled all of the psychometric and clinical utility criteria; the Box and Block Test and the Action Research Arm Test.
The Box and Block and the Action Research Arm Tests produce robust data and are feasible for use in clinical practice. Future development of new or existing measures should ensure the construct and content validity of the measure is clearly identified, standardized guidelines are easily available, and ensure that it is individualized and contemporary. Attention to measures of upper-limb activity for people who are unable to grip objects is also needed.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Outcome assessment (health care);Psychometrics; Rehabilitation; Reproducibility of results ;Upper extremity|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
R Medicine > RT Nursing
|Schools:||School of Health|
Mehmood Kadir Mulla
|Deposited On:||08 Mar 2012 16:02|
|Last Modified:||25 Feb 2013 11:51|
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