Criterion validity of the spatial exploration test of upper limb mobility to evaluate the active horizontal workspace of children with spinal muscular atrophy

Disabil Rehabil. 2023 Jan 17:1-6. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2164362. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE: To determine the criterion validity of the SET-ULM (Spatial Exploration Test of Upper Limb Mobility), a functional workspace test.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study from July 2017 to November 2018 in 30 children with SMA type 1 or 2. All children underwent assessment with the SET-ULM and the Motor Function Measure (MFM).

RESULTS: We included 30 children. Median (Q1; Q3) MFM D1 (standing ability, ambulation and transfers), D2 (axial and proximal motor function), D3 (distal motor function) scores, Total MFM and Total SET-ULM active score were respectively 2.6% (2.6-3.8); 45.8% (19.9-65.3); 57.7% (36.9-80.9); 35.4% (16.7-43.2) and 70.2% (49.7-97.9). Total SET-ULM active score was strongly correlated with the MFM D2 dimension score (rho 0.82; p < 001), with the D3 dimension (rho 0.86; p < 0.001) and with the Total MFM score (rho 0.89; p < 0.005). Total SET-ULM active score differed between SMA types (p < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: The SET-ULM has good criterion validity for the evaluation of available horizontal active upper limb workspace in children with SMA1 and SMA2. Future studies should evaluate reliability and sensitivity to change during a longitudinal follow-up study, as well as in a longitudinal trial of therapeutic effectiveness.


PMID:36650958 | DOI:10.1080/09638288.2022.2164362

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