[BLOG POST] Using the Motor Assessment Scale: Updates to assessing hand function, as a quick and comprehensive evaluation of motor function in stroke survivors

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By: Joyce Sabari, Ph.D, OTR, FAOTA 

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Current evidence-based practice for motor rehabilitation after stroke is influenced by task-oriented approaches that aim to improve overall function related to balance, gross mobility, and use of the paretic limbs. Therapists are encouraged to use standardized assessment tools for objective measurement of client progress, communication about client status between different treatment sites within the continuum of care, and research investigating the efficacy of selected interventions.

The Motor Assessment Scale (MAS) is a standardized assessment devised by Carr, Shepherd, Nordholm & Lynne (1985) to assess motor function in stroke survivors and to correspond with the motor relearning approach to recovery after stroke (Carr & Shepherd, 1998; 2007). The MAS is a well-studied assessment with properties that make it useful for rehabilitation therapists, and is specifically recommended as a measure of post-stroke motor function in the American Heart Association’s…

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