Veronica T. Rowe; Functional Test for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity Normative Database. Am J Occup Ther 2013;67(6):717–721. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.008797
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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.
Arm clearance during shirt tuck, F(5, 84) = 3.15, p < .01
Stabilize a pillow, F(5, 84)= 8.03, p < .001
Hold a pan lid, F(5, 84) = 3.18, p < .01
Fold a sheet, F(5, 84) = 3.44, p < .01
Coin in coin gauge, F(5, 84) = 5.54, p < .001
Cat’s cradle, F(5, 84) = 2.92, p < .02
Lightbulb, F(5, 84) = 2.65, p < .03.
Stabilize a pillow, F(1, 88) = 15.48, p < .001
Stabilize a package, F(1, 88) = 22.44, p < .001
Fold a sheet, F(1, 88)= 5.02, p < .03
Blocks and box, F(1, 88) = 8.88, p < .001.
Standardized assessment with age- and gender-matched norms
Appropriate for a variety of levels of recovery
Observational evaluation of functional tasks
Easy to administer
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