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Jan Davis shares her latest treatment and teaching tips with resources for therapists, faculty and students. 

Great Assessment Tools for Stroke Rehabilitation

Jan Davis

How often do you use standardized assessment tools? If therapists are required to in order to measure patient outcomes, then why aren't they used more often? What's your reason? Takes too much time? Don't know which to use, how to score it or where to find it? Here are 4 sites that answer all of these questions and more!

Most of the assessment tools listed are free and link directly to a pdf of the tool. Some include videos to show how to score the tool. You can find all of the assessment tools and the evidence needed for creating your plan of intervention in stroke rehabilitation. They're fantastic resources for students as well as therapists! 

Stroke Engine is my #1 choice for therapists looking for assessment tools specific to stroke rehabilitation. I love how this site is organized and it's easy to scan and find the exact tool you need from the 90+ assessment tools. Just select a category and all of the tools you need are listed!

Each tool includes: 
        • Purpose of the Measure
        • In-depth Review
        • Summary Table
        • Psychometric Properties
        • See the Measure also includes a section on interventions in stroke rehabilitation. The information included is derived from quality articles, websites and systematic reviews. All have been reviewed using a systematic process.

Rehabilitation Measures Database

If you would like additional standardized tools, for diagnoses other than stroke, go to RIC's Rehabilitation Measures Database and choose from over 300 standardized tools! 

The Internet Stroke Center

Another resource for Stroke Assessment Scales, it includes more than 30 tools, including those used by physicians.

Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation (EBRSR)

The Evidence-Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation is the best for finding evidence to support your choice of intervention. The EBRSR now includes in-depth reviews of well over 2000 studies including 1,431 randomized controlled trials. Parts of the EBRSR have been translated into a number of languages.