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Assessing Wolf motor function test as outcome measure for research in patients after stroke.
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PMID:  11441212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT) is a new time-based method to evaluate upper extremity performance while providing insight into joint-specific and total limb movements. This study addresses selected psychometric attributes of the WMFT applied to a chronic stroke population. METHODS: Nineteen individuals after stroke and with intact cognition and sitting balance were age- and sex-matched with 19 individuals without impairment. Subjects performed the WMFT and the upper extremity portion of the Fugl-Meyer Motor Assessment (FMA) on 2 occasions (12 to 16 days apart), with scoring performed independently by 2 random raters. RESULTS: The WMFT and FMA demonstrated agreement (P<0.0001) between raters at each session. WMFT scores for the dominant and nondominant extremities of individuals without impairment were different (P</=0.05) from the more and less affected extremities of subjects after stroke. The FMA score for the more affected extremity of subjects after stroke was different (P</=0.05) from the dominant and nondominant extremities. However, the FMA score for the less affected upper extremity of individuals after stroke was not different (P>0.05) from the dominant and nondominant extremities of individuals without impairment. The WMFT and FMA scores were related (P<0.02) for the more affected extremity in individuals after stroke. CONCLUSIONS: The interrater reliability, construct validity, and criterion validity of the WMFT, as used in these subject samples, are supported.
S L Wolf; P A Catlin; M Ellis; A L Archer; B Morgan; A Piacentino
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1524-4628     ISO Abbreviation:  Stroke     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-06     Completed Date:  2001-08-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0235266     Medline TA:  Stroke     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1635-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arm / physiopathology
Chronic Disease
Disability Evaluation*
Middle Aged
Motor Skills
Reference Standards
Reproducibility of Results
Stroke / physiopathology*
Grant Support

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