Development and trial of an upper limb assessment tool for the acute neurological patient

Authors: Corben, Louise; Downie, Sharon; Fielding, Leesa

Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 74, Number 2, February 2011 , pp. 95-105(11)

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists

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Background: Within acute neurosciences, occupational therapy upper limb assessment facilitates acute rehabilitation, prevention of secondary complications, and discharge planning.

Purpose: The purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate best practice upper limb assessment of the acute neurological patient.

Procedures: An occupational therapy internal audit identified the need for an acute-specific upper limb assessment. Although a comprehensive literature review failed to identify a suitable pre-existing assessment, two standardised assessments formed the basis of a composite assessment tool.

Findings: Positive clinician feedback to the trial of the composite assessment indicated its potential clinical utility.

Conclusion: Further modification and acute-care trials are recommended to ascertain if the establishment of psychometric properties is warranted.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2011

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

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    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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