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Fugl-Meyer Assessment

This instrument is freely available: Fugl-Meyer Assessment

Supplemental-Highly Recommended: Stroke
Exploratory: Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH)
Short Description of Instrument

This is a post-stroke assessment of motor function.

Five domains assessed:

Motor function: Upper and lower extremities

Sensory function

Balance - standing and sitting, sensation

Joint range of motion

Joint pain

Comments/Special Instructions
Time to administer : 30–45 minutes
Administration mode: paper/pencil
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Items are scored on a 3-point ordinal scale with a maximum score of 226 points:
0: cannot perform
1: performs partially
2: performs fully
MCID = 4.5 – 7.0 points
Psychometric Properties:
The overall reliability is high (overall intraclass correlation coefficient=.96), and the intraclass correlation coefficients for the subsections of the assessment vary from .61 for pain to .97 for the upper extremity.
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