Brief Report  |   November 2013
Functional Test for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity Normative Database
Author Affiliations
  • Veronica T. Rowe, MS, OTR/L, is Clinical Instructor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Central Arkansas, Doyne Health Science Center, Suite 300, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72035, and Doctoral Student, Texas Woman’s University; vrowe@uca.edu
Article Information
Assessment Development and Testing / Hand and Upper Extremity / Departments
Brief Report   |   November 2013
Functional Test for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity Normative Database
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2013, Vol. 67, 717-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008797
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2013, Vol. 67, 717-721. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.008797
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to develop a normative database of results of the Functional Test for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity (FTHUE) from able-bodied participants.

METHOD. Ninety healthy adults, aged 20–80, were assessed on the timed tasks of the FTHUE with their nondominant upper extremity serving as the weaker side.

RESULTS. A normative table with means and standard deviations for the timed tasks of the FTHUE was created to provide reference values for upper-extremity performance. Significant differences were found among participants by gender and age.

CONCLUSION. The FTHUE is an easy-to-administer, inexpensive, quick evaluation. It yields standardized data that allow clinicians to observe their clients performing functional tasks. The table of normative data will further assist clinicians in their assessment of clients with hemiparesis.