Action Research Arm Test (ARAT)


Purpose of the measure

The Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) is an evaluative measure to assess specific changes in limb function among individuals who sustained cortical damage resulting in hemiplegia (Lyle, 1981). It assesses a client’s ability to handle objects differing in size, weight and shape and therefore can be considered to be an arm-specific measure of activity limitation (Platz, Pinkowski, Kim, di Bella, & Johnson, 2005).

Author*: Sabrina Figueiredo, BSc
Editors: Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT; Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc

Evidence reviewed as of before 09-06-2011

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools,
tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine-assessment.