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Research Article  |   February 1984
Construct Validation of Occupational Therapy Measures Used in CVA Evaluation: A Beginning
Author Affiliations
  • Julia Van Deusen Fox, Ph.D., OTR, is Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2120 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
  • Diane Harlowe, M.S., OTR, is Director, Occupational Therapy and Speech Services, St. Marys Hospital Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin 53715-0450
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Neurologic Conditions / Stroke / Features
Research Article   |   February 1984
Construct Validation of Occupational Therapy Measures Used in CVA Evaluation: A Beginning
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1984, Vol. 38, 101-106. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.2.101
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1984, Vol. 38, 101-106. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.2.101
Abstract

A factor analysis was conducted that involved 33 variables from data on 100 acute cerebral vascular accident patients evaluated by occupational therapists at the St. Marys Hospital Medical Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Variables included the Brunnstrom arm and hand recovery stages, bilateral grasp and pinch measures, bilateral tests of coordination, a number of perceptual tests, and five measures of self-care. From interpretation of the rotated factor patterns, five factors were defined: self-care, left function, recovery stage, perception, and strength. The results provide evidence for the construct validity of the St. Marys CVA battery, although corroborative studies are needed.