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Action Research Arm Test

The Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) is an observational rating scale of upper extremity performance that is frequently used in research and clinical practice.

The Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) is an observational rating scale of upper extremity performance that is frequently used in research and clinical practice. It incorporates 19 items divided into 4 hierarchical subtests: grasp, grip, pinch and gross movement. The scoring is based on the movement performance quality and on the time limit. The maximum total score of 57 indicates normal performance.

The Swedish translation is based on the original article of Lyle et al. from 1981 and Yozbatrian et al. 2008. It is considered to assess the activity capacity according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The ARAT assessment is recommended as core measures to be used in every stroke recovery and rehabilitation trial.

Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability at the item level of the Action Research Arm Test for patients with stroke.
Nordin A, Alt Murphy M, Danielsson A.
J Rehabil Med. 2014;46(8):738-45. (Fulltext)