Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy assessment tools for stroke patients

Occupational therapy assessment tools for stroke patients are designed to evaluate various functional capacities and cognitive abilities to guide treatment planning. Here are some commonly used tools:

  1. Functional Capacity and Activities of Daily Living: The Canadian Stroke Best Practices suggest tools like the Barthel Index and the Functional Independence Measure to assess daily living activities [2].
  2. Cognitive Assessments: The Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (LOTCA) is a comprehensive tool used to evaluate a stroke patient’s cognitive abilities [4, 6].
  3. Visual Perception: Tools like the Motor-Free Visual Perception Test (MVPT) assess visual perceptual skills without requiring motor involvement, which is critical for patients with motor deficits post-stroke [4].
  4. Posture and Mobility: The Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke Patients (PASS) is specifically designed to assess the postural abilities of stroke survivors to determine their mobility levels and balance [6].

These tools are essential in creating a targeted and effective occupational therapy regimen tailored to the specific recovery needs of stroke patients.

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