Session Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm
Location: Research Hub - Kiosk 6
Disclosures: Gabriela G. Coccimiglio, HBSc: Nothing to disclose
Objective: Hand function is often affected and/or severely compromised in individuals post stroke. Consequently, perceived functional abilities are diminished contributing to a significant decrease in quality of life. This study examined the impact of a community-based hand function training program using an innovative, low-cost hand rehabilitation device on perceived hand function and quality of life.
Design: Prospective research design.
Setting: Community center.
Participants: Eight participants (three females) who sustained a single stroke 5 or more months prior to the start of the study were recruited.
Interventions: All participants underwent training using a novel hand rehabilitation device three times per week for period of 6 weeks; a total of 18 one-hour sessions.
Main Outcome Measures: Perceived functional abilities were assessed using ABILHAND. Quality of life was assessed using two different measures: Stroke Specific Quality of Life (SSQOL) and European Quality of Life (EQ-5D-5L). Data were analyzed using paired t-tests.
Results: Results indicated that participants’ ABILHAND scores improved from pre-training (Mean ± SD: 23 ± 12.33) to post-training (Mean ± SD: 29.38 ± 9.74), and these differences were statistically significant (t7 = -2.49, P = .02). Changes in both quality of life measures (EQ-5D-5L (t7 = 1.19, P = .13) and SSQOL (t7 = 0.65, P = .26)) were not statistically significant.
Conclusions: These results suggest that the 6-week hand function training program resulted in an improvement in perceived hand function. However, this improvement did not translate to changes in quality of life for stroke survivors as measured by quantitative surveys. Future research with a larger participant group to expand upon the findings would allow for greater understanding.
Level of Evidence: Level II
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Coccimiglio GG. Perceived Changes Secondary to a Six-week Hand Training Program Using a Novel Concept Rehabilitation Device [abstract]. PM R. 2019; 11(S2)(suppl 2). https://pmrjabstracts.org/abstract/perceived-changes-secondary-to-a-six-week-hand-training-program-using-a-novel-concept-rehabilitation-device/. Accessed December 3, 2023.
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