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Title: Change in Functional Arm Use Is Associated With Somatosensory Skills After Sensory Retraining Poststroke.
Austin Authors: Turville, Megan;Carey, Leeanne M ;Matyas, Thomas A;Blennerhassett, Jannette M 
Affiliation: Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health, School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health, and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Neurorehabilitation and Recovery, Stroke Division, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Allied Health and School of Psychology and Public Health, College of Science, Health, and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: May-2017
Publication information: The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association 2017; 71(3): 7103190070p1-7103190070p9
Abstract: We investigated changes in functional arm use after retraining for stroke-related somatosensory loss and identified whether such changes are associated with somatosensory discrimination skills. Data were pooled (N = 80) from two randomized controlled trials of somatosensory retraining. We used the Motor Activity Log to measure perceived amount of arm use in daily activities and the Action Research Arm Test to measure performance capacity. Somatosensory discrimination skills were measured using standardized modality-specific measures. Participants' arm use improved after somatosensory retraining (z = -6.80, p < .01). Change in arm use was weakly associated with somatosensation (tactile, β = 0.31, p < .01; proprioception, β = -0.17, p > .05; object recognition, β = 0.13, p < .05). Change in daily arm use was related to a small amount of variance in somatosensory outcomes. Stroke survivors' functional arm use can increase after somatosensory retraining, with change varying among survivors.
DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2017.024950
PubMed URL: 28422633
ISSN: 0272-9490
Type: Journal Article
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