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

Louise Corben, Sharon Narelle Downie, Leesa Fielding

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-105
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute care
  • Neurological
  • Upper limb

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