Up to 77% of stroke survivors experience upper limb impairment. Effective upper limb stroke rehabilitation is a recognised research priority. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) use over 180 different outcome measures to determine the efficacy of interventions for stroke upper limb rehabilitation. Lack of standardisation of outcome measures limits the ability to synthesise evidence to inform clinical decisions.
To achieve consensus on the outcome measures to recommend for use in RCTs investigating interventions aimed at improving upper limb function after stroke.
The SMART toolbox will contain a selection of robust, valid and reliable outcome measures recommended for use in stroke upper limb rehabilitation trials. The outcome measures will also capture outcomes that are important to stakeholders. Researchers will be able to select outcome measures from the SMART toolbox based on the needs of their research.
Generating a toolbox of recommended outcome measures will:
Contact Julie Duncan Millar for details: Julie.DuncanMillar@gcu.ac.uk
PhD Student: Julie Duncan Millar, NMAHP Research Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Myzoon Ali, Research Fellow, NMAHP Research Unit
Dr. Alex Pollock, Research Fellow, NMAHP Research Unit
Prof Frederike van Wijck, Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation, Glasgow Caledonian University