|What does the tool measure?||The ARAT measures specific changes in limb function among individuals who sustained cortical damage resulting in hemiplegia.|
|What types of clients can the tool be used for?||The ARAT can be used with, but is not limited to clients with stroke.|
|Is this a screening or assessment tool?||Assessment|
|Time to administer||An average of 7 to 10 minutes.|
|Versions||There are no alternative versions.|
|Other Languages||There are no official translations.|
– One study examined the internal consistency of the ARAT and reported excellent internal consistency using Cronbach’s alpha.
– One study examined the floor/ceiling effects of the ARAT in clients with acute stroke and reported that at earlier phases of the stroke, floor effects were poor. At discharge from the acute rehabilitation ward, ceiling effects on the ARAT were adequate.
|Sensitivity/ Specificity||No studies have examined the specificity of the ARAT.|
|Does the tool detect change in patients?||– Six studies have examined the responsiveness of the ARAT and reported that the ARAT has a moderate to large Standardized Response Mean, moderate to large effect size and large responsiveness ratio, therefore, is able to detect change in clients with stroke.|
|Acceptability||When administering the ARAT to clients with upper extremity amputations attention is required when scoring (i.e. – a score of 0 is given).|
|Feasibility||The administration of the ARAT is quick and simple, but requires standardized equipment.|
|How to obtain the tool?||Information on the ARAT can be obtained in the study by Lyle (1981), Hsieh et al. (1998), van der Lee et al. (2002), Rabadi & Rabadi (2006), and Yozbatiran et al. (2008) and at the website: http://www.aratest.eu/Index_english.htm Standardized equipment can be purchased from the following website: http://www.aratest.eu/ or from http://www.saliarehab.com/.|
Action Research Arm Test Evaluation Summary