Capabilities of the Arm and Hand in Tetraplegia

The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation has developed a research tool to measure improvements in arm and hand function in persons with cervical spinal cord injury. We are seeking volunteers to help us make sure that the scale is valid (measures what it is supposed to measure). Research participants must have sustained a cervical spinal cord injury. Subjects will be required to come to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on either 1 or 2 occasions for about 1 hours each visit. Those who participate will be reimbursed for time and travel and provided with free parking.

The research tool is called the Capabilities of the Arm and Hand in Tetraplegia (CAHT). The validation and reliability of this scale is very important because it will be used in future clinical trials to measure improvements in upper extremity function. To date, there is no reliable measurement for clinicians to use. This is a very important study and we need your help. Your participation in this research study is voluntary and, if you decide not to participate, it will not affect your future care at Thomas Jefferson University.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Marilyn Owens in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Office at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at (215) 955-6579 and we will be willing to answer any of your questions.

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