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Title: Self-reported use of the upper limbs related to clinical tests in persons with Multiple Sclerosis
Authors: Lamers, Ilse
Timmermans, Annick
Kerkhofs, Lore
Severijns, Deborah
Van Wijmeersch, Bart
Feys, Peter
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 35 (23), p. 2016-2020
Abstract: Purpose: This study investigated the relationship between self-reported use of the upper limbs and clinical tests in persons with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 25 pwMS with upper limb dysfunction. The Motor Activity Log (MAL) was bilaterally applied to investigate the self-reported use of both upper limbs. Clinical tests on function level were the Motricity Index (MI) and the Brunnstrom-Fugl-Meyer (BFM). On activity level, the Action Research Arm test (ARAt) was conducted. To identify the relationship between the self-reported use and the clinical tests, Spearman correlation coefficients were calculated. Subgroups of dominant and non-dominant arms were differentiated, and compared with the Wilcoxon Signed rank test. Results: The highest correlations were found between the MAL and function level tests: MI (r = 0.83, p<0.01) and BFM (r = 0.75, p<0.01). A lower correlation was found between the MAL and the ARAt (r = 0.49, p<0.01). For all outcome measures, the absolute scores were higher for the dominant hand. Higher correlations were found for the non-dominant compared to the dominant hand. Conclusion: The self-reported use of the upper limbs was highly associated with measures on function level. The association with activity level was, however, less pronounced. Magnitudes of relationships were influenced by hand dominance.
Notes: Reprint Address: Lamers, I (reprint author) - Hasselt Univ, REVAL BIOMED, Agoralaan Bldg A, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. E-mail Addresses:ilse.lamers@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14835
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2013.771703
ISI #: 000325972300010
ISSN: 0963-8288
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2014
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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