Elaine Strachota

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Learned non-use (LNU) is common after stroke and manifests when persons with stroke spontaneously use their stronger less-impaired arm despite residual functional abilities in the impaired arm. This tendency of under utilizing the impaired arm slows down the re-acquisition of bilateral coordination on activities of daily living. We wanted to examine whether(More)
The Jebsen Hand Function Test was administered to 50 hemiplegic patients within three weeks of their admission to a rehabilitation center. Participants in the study demonstrated significantly slower performance on all items of the test for both the nonparetic and paretic hands when comparisons of scores were made with previously published norms. A further(More)
This article presents a novel evaluation system along with methods to evaluate bilateral coordination of arm function on activities of daily living tasks before and after robot-assisted therapy. An affordable bilateral assessment system (BiAS) consisting of two mini-passive measuring units modeled as three degree of freedom robots is described. The process(More)
The processes used when developing a survey instrument for research studies are equally as important when developing a survey for evaluation purposes. This paper presents the steps involved in the development and validation of a survey instrument that can be used to evaluate online training modules or instructional aids in both workplace and educational(More)
A device measuring the flexion of the hand from an extended position was evaluated as a technique for assessing the passive component of muscle tone. Wrist measurements of 23 individuals, ten able-bodied, eight with spastic and five with flaccid wrists, were collected for three days of each week for three weeks, to determine the interrater, test-retest(More)
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