6. Title: Development of the Capabilities of Upper Extremity Test (CUE-T)
Purpose: The specific aim of this on-site research project is to develop an objective, standardized test of upper limb function in tetraplegia called the Capabilities of Upper Extremity Test (CUE-T) based on the items in the CUE.
Principal Investigator: Ralph J. Marino, MD
Co-Investigator(s): Stephen Kern, OT, Ph.D.; Mary Patrick, RN, MSN
Background: Evaluation of arm and hand function in tetraplegia suffers from lack of reliable and sensitive assessment instruments. Such an instrument is important to evaluate effectiveness of clinical trials on neuroregeneration in SCI, and in detecting changes in function as a result of tendon transfers and neuroprostheses. The staff of the Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley (RSCICDV) have already developed a questionnaire of upper extremity function, called the Capabilities of Upper Extremity (CUE) instrument, which has shown promise as a reliable and sensitive measure of arm and hand function.
Study Dates: October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2011
Status: Study Completed