Upper limb activity measures for 5-to 16-year-old children with congenital hemiplegia: A systematic review

Gilmore, Rose, Sakzewski, Leanne and Boyd, Roslyn (2010) Upper limb activity measures for 5-to 16-year-old children with congenital hemiplegia: A systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52 1: 14-21. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03369.x


Author Gilmore, Rose
Sakzewski, Leanne
Boyd, Roslyn
Title Upper limb activity measures for 5-to 16-year-old children with congenital hemiplegia: A systematic review
Journal name Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0012-1622
1469-8749
0419-0238
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03369.x
Volume 52
Issue 1
Start page 14
End page 21
Total pages 8
Editor Peter Baxter
Hilary Hart
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Formatted abstract
Aim This systematic review aimed to compare the validity, reliability, evaluative validity, and clinical utility of upper limb activity measures for children aged 5 to 16 years with congenital hemiplegia.

Method Electronic databases were searched to identify assessments that measure upper limb activity available for use and for which published validity and reliability data for the population are obtainable. Assessment items were coded according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) categories to determine if at least 35% of the assessment items fell within the activity component of the ICF. Assessments that met these criteria were included in the review.

Results Thirty-eight measures were identified, and five met the inclusion criteria. The best measure of unimanual capacity was the Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function (MUUL); however, the Shriners Hospital Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE) and the Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test (QUEST) could also be considered, depending on the type of information required. The performance-based measure of bimanual upper limb activity in children with hemiplegia with the best psychometric properties was the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA). The ABILHAND-Kids is a parent-report, performance-based questionnaire with excellent clinical utility and psychometric properties.

Interpretation Clinicians may choose to use more than one of these measures to detect changes in unimanual or bimanual upper limb activity.
© The Authors. Journal compilation © Mac Keith Press 2009
Keyword Assisting hand assessment
Induced movement therapy
Extremity skills test
Cerebral palsy
Climinetric properties
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 7th October 2009.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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