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Action Research Arm Test
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Exploratory: Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH)
Short Description of Instrument
Observer-rated, performance-based assessment of upper extremity function and dexterity. It evaluates a person's ability to handle objects differing in shape, size and weight.
19 items in 4 subsets:  
Grasp (6 items)
Grip (4 items)
Pinch (6 items)
Gross arm movement (3 items)
4-point ordinal scale from 0 (no movement) to 3: 3: Performs test normally
2: Completes test, but takes abnormally long or has great difficulty 1: Performs test partially
0: Can perform no part of test
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