An overview of systematic reviews on upper extremity outcome measures after stroke

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Alt Murphy, Margit, Resteghini, C., Feys, Peter and Lamers, Ilse 2015. An overview of systematic reviews on upper extremity outcome measures after stroke. BMC Neurology. 15 (1), p. 29.
AuthorsAlt Murphy, Margit, Resteghini, C., Feys, Peter and Lamers, Ilse
Abstract

Background

Although use of standardized and scientifically sound outcome measures is highly encouraged in clinical practice and research, there is still no clear recommendation on which tools should be preferred for upper extremity assessment after stroke. As the aims, objectives and methodology of the existing reviews of the upper extremity outcome measures can vary, there is a need to bring together the evidence from existing multiple reviews. The purpose of this review was to provide an overview of evidence of the psychometric properties and clinical utility of upper extremity outcome measures for use in stroke, by systematically evaluating and summarizing findings from systematic reviews.

Methods

A comprehensive systematic search was performed including systematic reviews from 2004 to February 2014. A methodological quality appraisal of the reviews was performed using the AMSTAR-tool.

Results

From 13 included systematic reviews, 53 measures were identified of which 13 met the standardized criteria set for the psychometric properties. The strongest level of measurement quality and clinical utility was demonstrated for Fugl-Meyer Assessment, Action Research Arm Test, Box and Block Test, Chedoke Arm and Hand Activity Inventory, Wolf Motor Function Test and ABILHAND.

Conclusions

This overview of systematic reviews provides a comprehensive systematic synthesis of evidence on which outcome measures demonstrate a high level of measurement quality and clinical utility and which can be considered as most suitable for upper extremity assessment after stroke. This overview can provide a valuable resource to assist clinicians, researchers and policy makers in selection of appropriate outcome measures.

JournalBMC Neurology
Journal citation15 (1), p. 29
ISSN1471-2377
Year2015
PublisherBioMed Central
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CC BY
Publisher's version
License
CC BY
Publisher's version
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CC BY
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12883-015-0292-6
Publication dates
Print11 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Jun 2015
Accepted25 Feb 2015
Copyright information© 2015 Alt Murphy et al.; licensee BioMed Central.
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