Brief Report  |   November 2014
Development of Additional Tasks for the Executive Function Performance Test
Author Affiliations
  • Bridget Hahn, MS, OTR/L, is Clinical Occupational Therapist, Day Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 307 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654; bhahn@ric.org
  • Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy and Neurology, and Elias Michael Director, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Jennifer Moore, PT, DHS, NCS, is Clinical Practice Leader, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, is Research Scientist, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Susan Spoeri, MS, OTR/L, is Education Program Manager, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Academy, and Clinical Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Meghan Doherty, OTR/L, MSOT, is Research Coordinator, Performance, Participation, and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. At the time of the study, she was Clinical Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Timothy J. Wolf, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Stroke / Departments / Brief Report
Brief Report   |   November 2014
Development of Additional Tasks for the Executive Function Performance Test
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2014, Vol. 68, e241-e246. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008565
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2014, Vol. 68, e241-e246. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008565
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) is a reliable and valid performance-based assessment of executive function for people with stroke. The objective of this study was to enhance the clinical utility of the EFPT by developing and testing additional tasks for the EFPT in the Alternate EFPT (aEFPT).

METHOD. We performed a cross-sectional study with poststroke participants (n = 25) and healthy control participants (n = 25). All participants completed a neuropsychological assessment battery and both the EFPT and the aEFPT.

RESULTS. No statistically significant differences were found between the EFPT and the aEFPT when examining total scores, construct scores, and two overall task scores. Correlations between the aEFPT and the neuropsychological measures were adequate to strong (r2s = .59–.83).

CONCLUSION. The aEFPT tasks are comparable to the original EFPT tasks, providing occupational therapy practitioners with additional tasks that can be used clinically to identify performance-based executive function deficits in people with stroke.