The immersive virtual reality (VR) version of the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) can be used to assess upper limb activity among individuals with stroke remotely and with increased assessment frequency.
Why this matters?
Upper limb function is commonly affected following a stroke, with ~80% of individuals presenting with motor impairments and activity limitations.
The ARAT is currently used in clinical practice to evaluate the severity of these impairments and predict individual recovery.
The development of a VR version of this test would offer the possibility to develop quantitative and objective measures that could be used autonomously and operated without the need of clinician presence.