Journal article

The test-retest reliability and responsiveness to change for the Hand Function Survey during stroke rehabilitation

Jannette M Blennerhassett, Rebecca M Avery, Leeanne M Carey

Australian Occupational Therapy Journal | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND/AIM: The Hand Function Survey (HFS) is a questionnaire designed to measure self-reported ability to use the affected hand during 13 everyday tasks in people with stroke. The HFS appears practical for clinical use and has established psychometric properties. This study aimed to investigate test-retest reliability and responsiveness to change for the HFS during stroke rehabilitation. METHODS: Twenty-two people with a first episode stroke, and without severe cognitive and language difficulties, participated. Participants were assessed on three occasions: baseline, 48 hours later and at follow-up (four to six weeks later) using two tests of upper extremity function, the HFS and the Ac..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The majority of this study (n = 17) was an honours project undertaken as part of Rebecca Avery's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours course completed at La Trobe University. This study received the Janet Sloane Alfred Group Award in 2008. We are grateful to Associate Professor Leonid Churilov from the National Stroke Research Institute for statistical advice and guidance; to therapists from the neurology units at Austin Health-Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre who assisted with recruitment of participants; and to the participants who volunteered their time and interest in this study.