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 Internet assessment of upper limb ROM following stroke

The Internet can be used to measure upper limb range of motion in people who have had a stroke

The ability to measure the upper limb range of motion in people who have had a stroke via the Internet would be a significant step forward in the development of alternative service delivery models for patients who live in rural and remote locations An Internet-based goniometer which has demonstrated potential for the remote quantification of joint range of motion has recently been developed. This study evaluated the validity and intra- and inter-rater reliability of the Internet-based goniometer for the measurement of upper limb range of motion in 10 people following stroke. The movements on which the device was evaluated were shoulder flexion, shoulder abduction, elbow flexion, wrist flexion, wrist extension, forearm supination, and forearm pronation. Measurements performed using the Internet-based goniometer were compared to measurements made using the most widely accepted clinical measurement tool, the universal goniometer.