We have developed the sense-assess clinical assessment training protocol to quantitatively measure sensation and its impact on hand function. The protocol and assessment tool have been developed in response to requests from clinicians. They are also being used in the SENSe Implement and SENSe CONNECT studies. Full versions or brief versions of the measures may be used.
The sense_assess tool comprises the following:
- Sensory questionnaire – to obtain background information on the stroke survivor’s awareness of presence and impact of sensory loss.
- Tactile Discrimination Test (TDT)
- Wrist Position Sense Test (WPST)
- functional Tactile Object Recognition Test (fTORT)
- Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test (JTHFT) – small items
- Hand Function Survey (HFS)
The following is available to support the delivery of the sense_assess tool:
- Equipment Usage Manual – Inventory of Equipment and Set-up Guidelines
- Sense_assess verbal instructions
- Sense_assess scoring sheets
Carey, L., Mak, Y., Tan, A-M., Rickard, K. & Matyas, T. (2013). Development of a Somatosensory Screening Tool for use in Clinical Rehabilitation Settings with Stroke Survivors. International Journal of Stroke, 8(Suppl 1), 1-51. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12140 (presented at Stroke Society of Australia)
Mak-Yuen, Y. K., Cahill, L., Matyas, T., & Carey, L.M. (2019, March). SENSeAssess: Development and trial of an Evidence-Based somatosensory assessment Tool for use in clinical practice settings with Adult Stroke Survivors. Presented at the 2019 Victorian Allied Health Research Conference – Driving Change, Melbourne, Australia.
The SENSe Integrated Assessment and Training Unit and portable Tactile Discrimination Test can be ordered via the Sense Resources tab or using the following email address: email@example.com