Abstract

OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to develop a normative database of results of the Functional Test for the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity (FTHUE) from able-bodied participants.

METHOD. Ninety healthy adults, aged 20–80, were assessed on the timed tasks of the FTHUE with their nondominant upper extremity serving as the weaker side.

RESULTS. A normative table with means and standard deviations for the timed tasks of the FTHUE was created to provide reference values for upper-extremity performance. Significant differences were found among participants by gender and age.

CONCLUSION. The FTHUE is an easy-to-administer, inexpensive, quick evaluation. It yields standardized data that allow clinicians to observe their clients performing functional tasks. The table of normative data will further assist clinicians in their assessment of clients with hemiparesis.

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