Investigation of a new motor assessment scale for stroke patients.
The purpose of this paper is to present and describe a motor assessment scale (MAS) for stroke patients and to report on the investigation of two aspects of its reliability. The MAS is a brief and easily administered assessment of eight areas of motor function and one item related to muscle tone. Each item is scored on a scale from 0 to 6. To check interrater reliability, we videotaped five stroke patients while they were being assessed with the MAS. These scores were used as the criterion ratings. Twenty raters then assessed these patients, and their results were correlated with the criterion ratings. We determined test-retest reliability by assessing on two occasions, separated by a four-week interval, 14 stroke patients whose recovery was considered to be stable and by correlating these scores. The MAS was found to be highly reliable with an average interrater correlation of .95 and an average test-retest correlation of .98.